13lb 6oz bar­bel – on a float!

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

GREYS Tackle Con­sul­tant and mas­ter float­maker An­drew Field got a real sur­prise when on a re­cent ses­sion on the River Trent his home­made float buried with a colos­sal 13lb 6oz bar­bel.

The 42-year-old from Cam­bridgeshire said: “It’s a gi­ant of a fish con­sid­er­ing it was caught trot­ting mag­gots. I have been try­ing to break the 13lb float bar­rier for four years and was be­gin­ning to think I’d never man­age it.

“Trot­ting mag­gots is an ex­cel­lent way of tar­get­ing bar­bel, but they seem to stop in­ter­cept­ing small mov­ing baits around the 10lb to 11lb mark. Per­haps they be­come too large and cum­ber­some to make it worth­while.”

An­drews’s trot­ting set-up con­sisted of a 15ft Greys Tac­ti­cal Float rod cou­pled with a Mitchell MX9 3000 reel loaded with 7lb 6oz Re­flo line. The float, his own cre­ation, was shot­ted with five No4s down to a size 14 hook car­ry­ing two red mag­gots.

An­drew has now been mak­ing his own floats for the past 10 years – this one cer­tainly did its job!

An­drew Field fished a home­made float to take this 13lb 6oz bar­bel.

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