THE past week was a productive one of many stretches of river and river record barbel – from venues that don’t dominate the news – were the star catches.

The River Rother in West Sussex had its barbel record smashed with a 16 lb 12 oz fish reported to Dave Chambers.

Derbyshire’s River Derwent has produced a stunning 15 lb 8 oz beard to Christopher Martin (pictured), who is sponsored by Fishermania.

Meanwhile in the North West, Jerry Gleeson shattered his own river record for the River Goyt with a 14 lb 8 oz sample, beating his own record of 12 lb 14 oz set during an Angler’s Mail Action Replay feature.

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