Darren Worton’s stealthy approach helped fool a huge 16lb 9oz barbel from the Dorset Stour.
After slowly creeping into position, he lowered his hookbait along with a PVA bag of freebies into place. “As soon as I made contact, I knew it was a barbel — a large one at that! I knew the river held fish of this size but they are few and far between, and to beat my personal best by over 1lb was a special feeling!” explained Darren.
This capture was awarded a weekly Drennan Cup in Angling Times on the 14th of October.
Recent rainfall prompted Tom Aldous to head to the banks of the Kennet, in hope of catching a big barbel.
“As I expected, the river was carrying a bit of extra water and colour from the recent rain. I cast out the rods just before darkness, and then down came the rain. Sadly no bites came during the night, so I decided to try a moving bait.” Tom explained.
Tom switched to a simple setup consisting of just a couple of shot and a size 6 Super Specialist hook, to which a big piece of meat was threaded on using a long baiting needle.
“I cast slightly upstream and trundled the meat down to a spot I expected to find barbel. The meat suddenly came to a stop, then I felt a good pluck. I lowered the rod and payed out a bit of line, then line tightened up and I struck. The fish took off downstream and all I could do was cup the spool and hope the fish wouldn’t find a snag. The barbel eventually surfaced and I guided the fish to the net. I was so over the moon. I gave it a few well earned minutes rest in the net. The scales swung around to 9lb 2oz, an equal personal best. Not huge, but I was absolutely over the moon!”
Inside this week’s Angling Times, Martin Bowler shows you some of his simple tactics to help you catch more pike.
If you’re new to predator fishing or you are looking for ways to improve your catch rate, don’t miss the new predator section in this week’s issue.
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