SOMETIMES it pays to steer away from swims you regularly visit on venues you like - and this barbel catch is perfect proof!

Barbel and chub fan Darren Poole has fished Fishers Green on the River Lea in Hertfordshire for 13 years. He knows it pretty well.

But on one of his latest visits Darren  decided on a new spot he’d not fished before… and it produced this stunning 15 lb 4 oz barbel.

Harlow, Essex-based Darren said: “Just before light I put out seven baitdropper of CC Moore Hemp & Krill over the top of a 20mm Pacific Tuna boilie soaked in tuna glug.

“Within 30 minutes, my rod turned into a elastic band and I was in.

“I knew straight away this was a good fish, and after 20 minutes of blood, sweat and tears I had her in the net, one of the big girls,” he added.

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