THE Trent is cementing its reputation as the No.1 venue for quality barbel, topped by this fine 16 lb 8 oz specimen to angler making his debut on the river.

All-rounder Malcolm Hough bought a permit for the Barbel Society waters for the first time this year, and finally decided to join two mates who were fishing its stretch at Sutton-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Chester-based Malcolm, 57, said: “I’d never fished anywhere on the river before, and I arrived to find them set up so I just joined them in the next swim.

“On the first night I only had a medium-sized chub but my mate had a lovely 14 lb barbel, and this tempted me to stay for another night while they moved off to the Dove.”

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“For the first time I was fishing Viking’s Tiger Nut boilies that had been recommended to me as a top barbel bait, and I used them with a 5 oz Fisky’s cage feeder.

“The next evening I had a big take and landed a PB barbel of 12 lb 2 oz which in itself I was delighted with, but then around midnight another run resulted in me smashing that with the 16 lb 8 oz beauty.

“I’d only had my first double from the Severn last year so I was totally chuffed and doubt whether I will ever see a fish like it again. As an added bonus I had a 9 lb 10 oz fish the next morning.

“Sadly I have no more holiday to take and it’s a long trip but I will be back next year,” he added.

The metal paint tinter used a single 14 mm boilie on a Drennan Barbel specialist hook and braided hooklink with 15 lb main line.

Malcolm won  £100 of top quality Korum tackle in the Korum Specimen Cup – exclusive to Angler’s Mail printed magazine. Get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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