Ex-match angler kick starts his specimen fishing career in fine style

When Terry Barrett set himself a target of beating several pbs in one season, he had no idea he’d have so much success so quickly.

The former matchman-turned-specimen-hunter kicked off his campaign targeting chub and barbel on his local River Lea. Following a few blanks, his persistence was rewarded with a 14lb 14oz barbel (pictured right) and a 6lb 5oz chub in the same session. Both were taken on 8mm pellets with small PVA bags of free offerings and both were new pbs.

Next on Terry’s hit list was a double-figure tench. But, after targeting a gravel pit on a three-day session, it wasn’t his intended pb that fell. “I fished a patch of gravel between weedbeds with a tutti-frutti boilie over a bed of groundbait,” Terry told AT.

“At 9pm I had a screaming run and hooked into the biggest common in the water. At 34lb 12oz it was another new pb.” From there, he went on to Nazeing Mead, Essex, to take eight large bream from a prebaited swim, with the biggest being another personal best of 12lb 14oz that fell to worm and caster.

“My next target is a 3lb perch,” said Terry.