It was the turn of rods on the middle reaches to show the quality of what lurks under the surface, and a stretch near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, starred with this jumbo 17 lb 3 oz barbel, pictured.
Captor John Hance has been tweaking his rigs but thinks his pellet and lobworm bait combo is a winner.
And a free stretch near Reading, Berkshire, gave Jeff Wootton a jumbo 25 lb 6 oz pike while using small lures for perch.
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