Former Olympic athlete Dean Macey has landed his biggest barbel of the season – this 13lb 10oz specimen from a southern river.
The Guru-backed rod arrived at the waterway with just an hour of light remaining and headed to a peg which he had seen a few fish in and baited up on a previous session.
Three bait droppers of Hinders Small Elips and Mainline Baits New Grange pellets were introduced before he left to swim to rest while he got the rest of gear ready.
He said: “I lowered my rig in just as the sun dipped behind the trees. I didn’t have to wait long until, without warning, my rod tip slammed round.”
After a powerful fight he beat his prize with an 18lb Korda Super Natural hooklink and a size 10 Guru MWG hook.