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.”