BIG barbel are thin on the ground in many parts of the country, and the north east has produced few in the class of this River Tees specimen in recent seasons...

Glynn Brown proved persistence pays off when he ended a run of around 25 blanks on the River Tees with this PB 12 lb 10 oz barbel.

And then he followed it up with an impressive three low doubles and two singles on his next five trips.

The 41-year-old from Hartlepool, County Durham, offered double 15mm Angling Dynamics Hot Liver Rami boilies.

His biggest barbel came during some  atrocious weather.

Glynn said: “High winds and driving rain made the fishing unbearable, but I’d driven the 30 miles to the river so I intended to fish anyway.”

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