THE River Thames has produced for one of the greatest hauls of barbel ever.

Over the space of five nights Rob Hawthorn, 35, had beards weighing in at 17 lb 6 oz, 16 lb 10 oz, 15 lb 9 oz, 15 lb 4 oz, 14 lb 8 oz, 14 lb 1 oz, 13 lb 9 oz and 12 lb. They all came from a stretch on the middle reaches of the Thames.

Making the catch even more miraculous is that, just days earlier, Rob had banked a stunning chub scaling 8 lb 2 oz.

Rob’s full story is in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine. And get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.

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