First bar­bel goes 18 lb!

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BAR­BEL novice Dy­lan McLough­ney guided this 18 lb whiskered giant to his net on the River Thames.

The 23-year-old Screw­fix as­sis­tant man­ager con­nected with the ‘beast’ from a stretch near Read­ing, in Berk­shire.

Dy­lan said: “Af­ter fin­ish­ing work early on Fri­day, my brother Jamie rang me, say­ing: ‘Let's go for a bar­bel.’

“We went to the Thames, and within 20 min­utes of my rig be­ing in the wa­ter, I caught a fish of a life­time.

“I caught it on a Ron­nie rig with a 14 mm Sonubaits Ooz­ing Blood­worm buoy­ant boilie.

“I was eat­ing at the time of the take, but luck­ily my brother alerted me, by scream­ing: ‘Dy­laaaaaaan! Look at your rooooood!’ I nearly choked on my sand­wich when I saw the bend in the rod.

“The rod was about to be dragged into the river, so I had to jump out of my chair and grab it. The fish pulled so hard that with all the ex­cite­ment I grabbed the line with my hand.

“I im­me­di­ately knew I’d made a mis­take, and I was proved right, as the line burnt my fin­ger, leav­ing a scar.

“It was a real fight, last­ing around 15-20 min­utes. I knew it was a big fish, and you can tell in the pic­ture that the tail is where all the power came from.

“I’ve had a lot of at­ten­tion from peo­ple about it on so­cial me­dia, hav­ing had over 800 likes and over 100 com­ments.

“One man said he’s been fish­ing for bar­bel for 50 years and has never caught any­thing like my fish. It makes me feel very lucky,” con­cluded Lan­g­ley, Berk­shire-based Dy­lan. CARP star Alan Blair had an amaz­ing perch haul from Up­per Ta­mar Lake, on the Corn­wall and Devon bor­der, topped by a 3 lb 9 oz beauty.

The Nash Tackle op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor and Ur­banBanx on­line star loves fish­ing for any­thing, and his ses­sion down in the South West brought nine big perch, five top­ping 3 lb, the small­est 2 lb 2 oz, on live­baits.

Es­sex-based Alan baited the swim with Nash­bait Spod Cloud ground­bait to at­tract small sil­ver fish, a favourite prey for perch.

Ben Smeeth, head of an­gling at the South West Lakes Trust, said: “Up­per Ta­mar is renowned for its stock of large perch, and it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore a 5 lb-plus fish is caught.”

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