A TANGLED reel didn’t stop James Morley landing this fantastic 16 lb 1 oz barbel.

The 3 Foot Twitch field tester was chuffed to land the new personal best after months of hard fishing on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.

Rotherham, South Yorkshire-based James explained: “I’m over the moon with my new PB which came out of the blue after months of difficult fishing.

“It just goes to show all the long drives and freezing nights will eventually pay off.”

An award-winning Deeper fish-finding device like this helped track down the barbel.

The impressive barbel was tempted on a 18 mm Redemption boilie cast out with a large PVA mesh bag containing 15 free offerings cast to the bottom of a shelf.

But finding that spot was crucial, and the appliance of science came in rather handy… plus a bit more team effort when the fish was on!

James explained: “It was caught from a stretch which was new to Matt Velamail  and I, and one which we decided to fish after a long feature-finding walk with the Deeper fish-finder a week before.

“Landing the fish was also a team effort as my reel became tangled for some reason during the fight but we both remained calm and managed to free it together – so thanks to Matt for that,” he added.

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