After finding a group of barbel on the Dorset Stour, Adam Smith waited two hours before casting out and his patience was rewarded with this 14lb 8oz barbel.
Arriving at the waterway for a dawn start, the 19-year-old waited until the fish were feeding confidently on his hemp, pellets and crumbed boilies loosefeed before placing his 8mm Dynamite Baits Source pellet hookbait among them.
“Half an hour later my rod tip pulled round,” said the Wimbourne-based account manager. “It came in fairly easily at first, but when it saw the net it bolted off. “
He beat his prize with a size 14 Drennan Specialist Barbel hook and a short 4ins 12lb ESP Two Tone hooklink with the all of the coating removed.