COULD AVON HOLD A RECORD BARBEL?
“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?