‘Give it 15 min­utes’ and out comes 17lb 3oz fish

Angling Times (UK) - - FISH OF THE YEAR SPECIAL -

Lee Noakes, 17lb 3oz bar­bel, River Itchen

IT’S in­cred­i­ble how many big fish get caught on the ‘last cast’, and that was the case with Lee Noakes when he caught a record-break­ing bar­bel from the River Itchen in the fi­nal few days of the river sea­son in March.

The im­pres­sive fish weighed 17lb 3oz and was taken on mag­got feeder tac­tics from a stretch on the lower river. It also set a new per­sonal best for Lee (52), whose ses­sion pro­duced

an­other bar­bel of 11lb 3oz.

“The friend I was fish­ing with said he was ready to go, but I told him ‘just give it 15 more min­utes’. Be­fore he had sat down, my rod arched over and I was in! After weigh­ing the fish we packed up and headed to the pub to cel­e­brate!” said Lee.

A 17lb 3oz Itchen bar­bel for Lee Noakes.

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