MATT VELAMAIL and a friend found a deep hole on a stretch of river and targeted it for success with this 15 lb barbel (below).
The 26-year-old from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, searched for likely underwater hotspots on the River Trent using an award-winning Deeper fish finder.
He then prebaited for two weeks and the effort paid off when the big barbel fell to a 20 mm Redemption boilie from Three Foot Twitch.
Matt said: “I headed down to the river straight from work for an overnight session.
“Not long before the light started disappearing I had three bleeps on my alarm as the bobbin rose and then nothing.
“I struck it as I hadn’t had another bleep and after pulling through a bit of streamer weed I felt it thudding.
“A fairly short battle ensued and I had the barbel in the net.”
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