BEN HUTCHINSON has topped a brilliant fishing year off with a new Hampshire Avon barbel record of 16 lb 11 oz setting a new Ringwood DAA best.
The 31-year-old landscaper had already broken his own barbel PB with a 13 lb 4 oz fish from a different stretch plus a 47 lb 3 oz mirror carp that had also set a new club record.
The barbel beats the old river record by 3 oz set by Matt Day back in January 2008.
For full catch details and top picture pick up a copy of this week’s copy of Angler’s Mail magazine.