THE new river season is well underway, and Angler's Mail magazine is the place to look for catches, tips and inform venues - but which British record fish are at risk?
Barbel Society chairman Steve Pope believes the British record fish signs for this season are very encouraging… even a new record barbel.
Steve thinks there could be a British record fish caught to overtake the long-standing No.1 weight for barbel of 21 lb 1 oz.
That super heavyweight was caught by Grahame King way back in 2006 from the Great Ouse in Bedfordshire (pictured above).
The barbel crown is one of the most prestigious British record fish titles.
Steve Pope told Angler’s Mail: “On most rivers, barbel will have spawned and will feed avariciously.”
Steve added: “I reckon we could go close to the barbel record going this season, with one of the big rivers in the south favourite to hold a giant whisker.
“On the large waters like the Thames big nomadic fish can roam and feed heavily and generally avoid capture and predation.
“On the smaller waters like the Ivel they are easier to locate and heavy specimens come under great angling pressure,” concluded Steve, who gave his top River Severn barbel bait tip to this website.
What about other British record fish?
Chub, perch and dace are other British record fish most at risk of being beaten on rivers, but probably not until the latter half of the season. You can full the full official coarse records list here.
The prospects of a record zander are fair too according to top predator angler Neville Fickling. He rates the Severn and the Fens rather than his local Trent as the best bets.
The zander record stands at 21 lb 5 oz from the River Severn at Upper Lode by James Benfield in 2007.
Loads of mid to upper double-figure fish, even pushing 20 lb, have been caught since from the powerful west midlands river.
Neville, who has caught many impressive river zander himself, said: “The number of zander in the Trent are relatively small with 20 fish in a season a good haul, whereas they are far more prolific elsewhere.
“And the Severn is more likely to produce both large numbers and a potential record,” he added.
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