Recent rainfall prompted Tom 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 come the rain. Sadly no bites came during the night, so I decided to try a moving bait.” Tom explained.
Tom switched to a simple set-up 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 up-stream 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 9lbs 2oz, an equal personal best. Not huge, but I was absolutely over the moon!”
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Having gone almost 3 months without wetting a line, Paddy Clampett banked a new personal best barbel of 16lb 8oz!
Arriving at his peg just after dusk, he selected an overgrown swim that hadn’t been fished since last season.
“Within a hour of feeding pellets and hemp, I had my first bite and lost a big fish in a snag. I decided to shorten my hooklength, to just over a foot and cast out again. I received a take nearly straight away. The fish managed to snagged me twice, and after a twenty minute battle she slipped into my net. I was shaking!” Paddy explained.
Paddy’s rig consisted of an inline feeder set-up, using 10lb Supplex straight through to the hook.
This capture was awarded a weekly Drennan Cup in Angling Times on the 14th of October.