Great catches Bar­bel, pike & more

A quar­tet of ‘six­teens’ heads up another bumper week for the species

Angling Times (UK) - - CONTENTS - STEPHEN STONES As­so­ci­ate Edi­tor

THE re­mark­able re­cent run of huge bar­bel catches shows no signs of stop­ping as specimen an­glers con­tinue to cash in on one of the best au­tumns ever for the species.

Once again the Rivers Thames and Trent have dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings, with three 16lb-plus fish landed from the bang-in-form wa­ter­ways.

On the for­mer, Robin Cave upped his per­sonal best by al­most 4lb with a 16lb 12oz cracker from his only bite of the ses­sion. He primed a swim for two con­sec­u­tive nights be­fore fish­ing, in­tro­duc­ing a mix of 6mm hal­ibut pel­lets and 20mm Frank N’ In­dian boilies.

“I cast out at 4.30pm and at 8pm the rod smashed over. Straight away it felt very dif­fer­ent to any bar­bel that I’d caught be­fore – the power it had was im­mense and it just wouldn’t give up!” said Robin, who used a 20mm boilie wrapped in match­ing paste, with a PVA mesh bag of crumbed boilies and pel­lets nicked on to the hook.

Big boilies were also the suc­cess­ful hook­bait for Stu­art Tay­lor’s 16lb 12oz bar­bel, this time from the mid­dle reaches of the River Trent.

The Manch­ester rod had al­ready banked nine bar­bel to 13lb 7oz in his two-night ses­sion when one of his two rods ripped off not long be­fore he was due to head for home. In­ter­est­ingly, all his bites up to that point had come on his other rod, which he had placed slightly down­stream, car­ry­ing a feeder packed with pel­lets.

Stu­art said: “The rod that ac­counted for the big one was fished straight in front of me on straight lead tac­tics and a hair-rigged 24mm Hy­dra-K boilie wrapped in paste. As it neared the time for me to leave, it ripped off for the first time in two days! A very pow­er­ful fight fol­lowed, and af­ter 20 min­utes I net­ted her… with an aching arm and shoul­der!”

Another an­gler to en­joy Trent bar­bel suc­cess this week was Ian Potts, from Mac­cles­field. The Vor­tex-Baits spon­sored rod was tar­get­ing a stretch of the mid­dle Trent where he landed a 16lb 3oz bar­bel on an Enzyme Ac­tive Squid Liver boilie, pre­sented on a straight lead set-up with small PVA bags of loose­feed. Ian re­turned to bank another heavy­weight of 15lb 1oz just a few days later.

Fi­nally, down on the River Lea in Hert­ford­shire, Mike Staines beat his pb by more than 1lb with a fine fish of 16lb 8oz from the King’s Weir stretch.

Mike (68), from nearby Cheshunt, used a semi-fixed bolt rig and a 12mm pel­let hook­bait, and beat his fish us­ing a cen­tre­pin reel loaded with 12lb line.

“A very pow­er­ful fight fol­lowed, and af­ter 20 min­utes I net­ted her… with an aching arm and shoul­der!”

Ian Potts took this 16lb 3oz bar­bel from the mid­dle Trent.

Stu­art Tay­lor’s 16lb 12oz mid­dle Trent bar­bel.

Mike Staines and his 16lb 8oz Lea whisker.

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