A SHORT afternoon session on a small Nottinghamshire river produced this stunning 12lb 2ozs barbel for Stuart Walker.
He spent the first hour feeding a selection of swims with several baitdroppers filled with assorted pellets and then offered two small hair-rigged elips pellets just off his rod tip on a 4ft 12lb braid hooklink and a size 12 hook.
“I targeted each swim in rotation and had a total of three barbel, with all of the bites coming within five minutes of casting out,” said the Caught in the Act DVD star. “I wasn’t actually intending to fish as I was heading out on a trip to the Gambia for Tiger Fish a few days later and the river was low and very clear. But in the end the lure of June 16 was just too great and I couldn’t resist. I’m glad I did,” he added.