BARBEL ace Ian Timms had a catch of lifetime with this PB in a stunning brace as had this specimen of 15 lb 11 oz and added a 14 lb 5 oz beard from the middle reaches of the Hampshire Avon.
The 55-year-old civil servant from Worthing, West Sussex, baited a 3 ft deep swim, only a rod length out, with hemp and a few crushed Dynamite Source boilies. He then hair-rigged a 10mm boilie with a small PVA bag.
Ian said: “At 1pm the ‘pin screamed off and after a short tussle landed a 14 lb 5 oz fish, my biggest-ever Avon fish. I rebaited, leaving it to rest for a few hours and cast in again about 4pm. At 7.50pm the ‘pin screamed into life again and after a really strong battle – the fish weeding itself mid-river for a couple of minutes.”
This is just a short version of the full story that appeared in the printed magazine. Get the magazine every week for top tips, big news, best products, and venues that are in form.
CAUGHT A BIG FISH? Email photos and details exclusively to: email@example.com – you could star in the magazine and win great prizes.