Darren Worton used nothing more complicated than a single boilie to tempt a stunning 7lb 11oz specimen from the Dorset Stour.
The Bournemouth-based rod banked the early autumn lump after a friend in a local tackle shop gave him some new baits to try. Shortly afterwards the 47-year-old landed the new personal best from a Christchurch AC-run stretch of the river.
He told AT: “My mate gave me a handful of Sticky Baits’ Vortex boilies to try. I rigged one up, lowered it in, and sat back. Half an hour later the rod pulled round and I thought I’d hooked a barbel, such was its power. It was an absolutely brilliant result.”