THE barbel record for Trent tributary the River Dove has been toppled by a stunning 17 lb 10 oz beard.

Captor Simon Asbury, 34, is the man to write himself into the East Midlands river’s record books. The previous best of 17 lb 6 oz was set by Jim Ufton.

To read Simon’s account of the capture plus full catch photo of this midlands marvel grab a copy of this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.