TRULY big barbel are thin on the ground after otters took out most of our outstanding fish so its no surprise Neill Stephen is keeping tight-lipped where this 17 lb 5 oz beauty came from!

Specimen ace Neill can only name the venue a southern river where he caught the beard which just falls behind his 17 lb 14 oz personal best.

His other notable fish include a perch record of 6 lb 3 oz, an equal-record 9 lb 5 oz chub, bream 16 lb 12 oz, pike 36 lb 4 oz, roach 3 lb 8 oz, rudd 3 lb 2 oz, tench 11 lb 1 oz, crucian carp 3 lb 15 oz and carp 40 lb 4 oz.

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