13lb 13oz barbel within half an hour of the rivers opening

Shane Tooth may well have landed the first fish of the new season from any water in the land after he took this 13lb 13oz barbel within half an hour of the rivers opening.

The Earl of Harrington’s AC member gambled on a stretch of the waterway he had never visited before and set his stall out in a snaggy swim.

“As soon as I struck it was a case of hit and hold as it tried to dive into the snags. It took almost half an hour to get in the net but it was definitely worth getting on the bank at midnight for,” explained Shane.

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