TUESDAY OCTOBER 9 2018
THERE are strong claims that the current barbel record will be broken within the next few months. But where it will come from has divided opinion (see story P8&9).
Could the Trent, voted by Angling Times readers as their number one river of choice for the past two years, take the accolade?
The numbers of specimen fish from the river are unprecedented, with reports of 16 pounders already this autumn – and we’re still a few months away from the peak season for this increasingly popular species.
However, the Thames could put a spanner in the works of the Trent’s revival story with news this week of a barbel of over 20lb.
Just how heavy could this fish be as we near the end of the river season?
Other rivers could be in contention too. I know a couple of well-respected anglers on other waterways who’ve seen fish they can only gasp at, and admit to hooking specimens they’ve simply been unable to land on barbel kit.
Whichever river takes the crown, it’s sure to be an impressive fish and I can’t wait to see the pics!
Talking of great pics, I enjoyed the feature on pages 28&29 from two new faces to Angling Times – Tom Synnott and Sean Edwards – who’ve found some stunning, golden-coloured pike on their local canal network.
As they put it, urban fisheries are unpressured, and they can contain some of the most beautiful fish you’ve ever seen, so what are you waiting for?