Category Archives: Specimen

Stealthy Approach Fools Big Stour Barbel

Darren Worton’s stealthy approach helped fool a huge 16lb 9oz barbel from the Dorset Stour.

Darren Worton 16-9 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.

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Making The Most Of The Mild Autumn Weather

Recent rain­fall prompted Tom Aldous to head to the banks of the Kennet, in hope of catching a big barbel.

Toms 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!”

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Martin Bowler Shows You How To Catch A Giant

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.

The latest issue of Angling Times hits the shops today, and is also avail­able on Android and iOS devices.

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