Make Mine A Double

Angling legend Phil Smith added another river to his ever-growing list when he caught this 12lb 1oz barbel from Berkshire's St Patrick's Stream.


Garlic-flavoured Spam was the old school bait that Coventry-based big fish angler Phil settled for in the flooded conditions, and it proved an inspired choice when he hooked into his seventeenth river double.


The catch sees Phil carry on from last season when he stunned the angling world with his capture of double-figure barbel from no fewer than 16 rivers, a feat which earned him third place in specimen fishing’s most respected competition, the Drennan Cup.


“I fished one rod on boilies and another on meat because the river was in flood. I rarely use meat these days – maybe I should try it more often," joked Phil.


"Next I’m off to try the River Lea, as to date I’ve never caught a Lea barbel,” Phil told AT.