Time spent looking for areas of deeper water on the Dorset Stour proved worthwhile for Gareth Trigell who landed this personal best barbel of 13lb 12oz.
The Hampshire-based 44-year-old spent two hours looking for a suitable spot and then baited a two gravel runs with a mixture of Dynamite Baits Hemp and halibut pellets.
He said: “My rod hooped over just as it was getting dark. The fight was heavy and dogged because of the deeper water but after it made several attempts to weed me up it was safely netted.”
Gareth used a Dynamite Baits Marine Halibut with Sea Salt boilie fished on a short hooklink with an inline lead inside a solid PVA bag filled with hemp and pellets.