A tip-off from a local tackle shop helped barbel fishing novice Carl Stock tempt this pristine 15lb 8oz specimen from the River Wensum during his first-ever session targeting the species.
The Braintree-based rod had booked a short holiday at a campsite with a view to fishing its stretch of the River Wensum, but was left disappointed after he found the area choked with weed, rendering it unfishable.
Not one to be defeated, Carl headed for the local tackle shop for advice, where he was informed of a prolific 300-yard day-ticket stretch close to Norwich.
After locating the ‘£6-a-session venue’, the keen carp angler lobbed out his legered pellet hookbait and was quickly rewarded with a savage take.
“We had been set up for two hours when my rod hooped round and I knew instantly that I was attached to my very first barbel. After a short struggle I managed to coax it into the net and realised it was a monster. I can’t believe how lucky I have been to land such a beauty on my first attempt,” said an elated Carl.
The thrilling experience has now convinced the carpenter to try his luck at river fishing on a more regular basis: “It was a fantastic weekend, so I’m heading back with a group of friends in October, although I realise it may take some time to beat this personal best!”
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