WHAT THE EX­PERTS SAY...

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

Adrian Eves

“For me it’s a two-way fight be­tween the Thames and the Trent, and I’d marginally favour the former. There seem to be a num­ber of dif­fer­ent big, back-up fish and there are many stretches of the Thames that don’t see any pres­sure at all, so big fish can turn up any­where.”

Paul Garner

“I think the Thames is the most likely to beat the record. It’s slower flow­ing, and is fur­ther south, so is slightly warmer. I’ve heard of big fish from the Hen­ley area for years, and there are plenty of stretches that get lit­tle an­gling pres­sure where big fish could tuck them­selves away. As for ‘dark horses’, I’d say that one of the tidal Sus­sex rivers, such as the Arun or Rother, could pro­duce a real sur­prise. They get carp-fished these days, so more bait is go­ing in, and it only takes a big fish to dis­ap­pear down into the tidal reaches for a few years and then come back much big­ger.”

Bob Roberts

“For me the next record has to come from ei­ther the Thames or the Trent. I’d prob­a­bly favour the Thames, as it has a bet­ter record for pro­duc­ing fish over 18lb. But the Trent is a mag­nif­i­cent river, with plenty of an­glers fish­ing it, so If we have a mild win­ter, who knows? I can’t see any other river throw­ing up a sur­prise to con­tend with these two. Many over­look still­wa­ters, of course, which have thrown up some very big bar­bel.”

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