The Nottingham-based window cleaner certainly mopped up with the big beards on a stretch of the River Trent near Radcliffe in the same county. The 29-year-old told the Mail: “The…

Once caught at 20 lb 7 oz (pictured when caught by Dave Currell), the massive barbel on the River Ivel at Biggleswade Common, Bedfordshire,  has gone the same way as…

TEENAGER Jamie Newton braved the elements and a huge walk and was rewarded with this stonking 16 lb 1 oz barbel. The 16-year-old Stotabaits field tester tackled a stretch of…

  Colin, 67, an arbitrator on international construction projects, said: “I laid on with single sweetcorn using a two swan shot float I made over 50 years ago, fished on…

  Reading, Berkshire-based Andrew had a PB of 14 lb 12 oz until recently but has been in red-hot form on his local River Thames. The 49-year-old warehouse operative, who…

The big ‘un followed another chunky sample of 13 lb 5 oz days earlier from the same stretch of the River Derwent on Derbyshire County AC’s water. Alan hair-rigs his…

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk-based James fished meat in a crease on a coloured river fining down. This is just a short version of the full story that appeared in the…

Barbel

Floodwater tactics differ enormously from the usual low level methods. You can forget delicate 1 oz quivertips and tiny bombs and feeders, they are useless even in the calmer slacks…

FLOODWATER helped some huge River Thames barbel and a surprise catfish go on the feed topped by this 15 lb 7 oz beast to Adrian Hoare (pictured). Sunbury on Thames,…

MIDLANDS rivers continue to lead the way for big barbel with Mail regular Jim Ufton leading the charge with a new river record for Derbyshire’s River Dove with an 18…