THREE pals showed why the River Trent is the No.1 place to go for big barbel when they all notched specimens on their first session for the species.
Paul Barrett took the biggest fish of the pals’ 24-hour session with a 16 lb River Trent monster.
Andrew Knight and Leigh Tideswell both chipped in with new personal bests, scaling 14 lb 12 oz and 13 lb 8 oz respectively.
The trio visited the River Trent’s Collingham Weir, in Nottinghamshire, and used Peperami, pellets and boilies.
Paul, 33, a steel erector, from Cheadle, Staffordshire, said: “It was my first proper barbel session. I had tried for a barbel a few times on local lake, Blake Hall ,but couldn’t get past the carp.
“We were just weighing a PB of 10 lb for me when I got the take off the 16-pounder.
“All three of us caught new PBs, and we caught 11 barbel between us, including nine over 10 lb.
Paul continued: “It was a pretty crazy session.
“We spent most of the day sipping brews and watching salmon trying to get up the weir but when it started to go dark it came alive with barbel.
“They were showing everywhere and it was clear that a bite wouldn’t be long and within a few hours all three of us had new PBs.
“Leigh was fishing at the front of the peg towards the weir, Andy was fishing half-way down, casting around 40 yards towards the far corner of the weir.
“I was fishing at the end of the weir just under halfway out in the main flow,” revealed Paul.
GOT SOME NEWS OR VIEWS TO SHARE? Email info (and any photos) to: email@example.com
You’ll then get Angler’s Mail magazine delivered to your door, or the door of a friend/relative. And it’s at discounted rates… to suit all pockets.
There are great deals for the print version and the digital version too.
You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories…
Barbel fishing in winter can be very productive, especially for the larger specimens, which may be in top condition and…
Wasperton-based Jon said: “I caught this barbel on a single 14mm Tosser Baits Special presented on coated braid and size…
The awesome Trent catch won Ruby £100 of super Richworth baits in our refreshed Fish of the Week competition –…
Slice into barbel Big barbel love areas that provide cover and shade, yet getting bait to them without making a…