FredCrouchFRED CROUCH, one of the greatest barbel anglers of all time, passed away peacefully last weekend at the age of 76.

Pioneer Fred, known as the ‘barbel king’ was a master barbel tactician, and was the idol of many of the top barbel anglers in the country.

Fred started his barbel fishing on the River Lea in Hertfordshire, catching thousands of barbel, before moving onto the Royalty Fishery on the Hampshire Avon.

He then mastered other rivers like the Teme, Severn and Kennet and wrote numerous books as well as designing his own reel.

Bushy-haired Fred also claimed to have made the first boilie and the spade-end hook as well.

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