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IN A MONTH when records have been rewritten the best ever barbel from the River Severn has been nabbed at 16 lb 11 oz by Kevin Gittins.
Severn regular Kevin credits his missus for helping him realise a 14-year ambition to beat the previous river record, 16 lb 5 oz by Andrew Allard in 2009.
The 54-year-old builder from Hartpury in Gloucestershire explained: “My long suffering wife, who has put up with me being on the bank for five to seven nights a week when the conditions are right.
“I don’t normally publicise my catches – or the many blanks – but I felt this one was well worth reporting.
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