PERFECT barbel conditions of high water with strong flow have worked to the advantage of some whiskers fans over the past week, none more so than Darren Poole.

Fishing with his brother Andrew on the River Lea in Hertfordshire, a three-day period saw him bag barbel of 14 lb 4 oz, 13 lb 8 oz and 13 lb 2 oz plus a superb chub scaling 7 lb 6 oz.

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