'The Trent is fishing better than ever' claims matchman

The River Trent has enjoyed some of the best matches ever seen on the water, with two ton up barbel catches to 151lb and 40lb nets of skimmer bream galore during opening week.

Heading up the match catches was Darren Harston with 151lb from the Collingham AA water, closely followed by 109lb to Ian Donaldson.

But in an incredible contest at Laugherton, 23 anglers bagged 722lb of skimmers between them, an average river catch of 33lb per man.

Spro Lincoln Whisby Rod Dean Smith, who topped the G. Thompson Memorial match with 72lb 2oz, said of the river’s excellent form: “I’m only 30 years old but this is the best I’ve ever seen it fish in my lifetime.”