JON STICKINGS is having an amazing season on his local Warwickshire Avon, with this personal best 14 lb 6 oz beard his 23rd double-figure barbel of the season!

Wasperton-based Jon said: “I caught this barbel on a single 14mm Tosser Baits Special presented on coated braid and size 8 hook.

“I was just reaching for my rod to reel in and pack up, and the tip slammed round. I thought it was a lot smaller at first as it didn’t wake up until I turned on the head torch.

“What a wicked scrap; I’m still buzzing from it!”

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