Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

“WHICH river will pro­duce the next bar­bel record?” is a ques­tion I’ve been asked many times over the few years since the old Adam’s Mill fish died.

I’m still none the wiser, but the prospect of ‘a lit­tle-known fish in an un­likely river’ seems ever-more un­likely!

Should the Trent be the provider, the record won’t last long be­cause there will be sev­eral well-fed fish from that year class still re­main­ing.

It could be the Thames, be­cause there are at least a cou­ple of fish within strik­ing dis­tance – but it doesn’t get the con­cen­trated at­ten­tion ‘en­joyed’ by Trent hotspots.

I still fancy a rel­a­tive out­sider... Hamp­shire Avon any­one? Some se­cret stretches are very rarely fished by coarse an­glers, but is there enough nat­u­ral food?

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