14lb River Trent barbel is new personal best

An epic battle with a huge barbel ended with Graham Tasker netting this personal best 14lb specimen from the River Trent.

The Fishing in the Northwest-backed angler visited Collingham Weir on the Nottinghamshire waterway and found most of the pegs were submerged in the flooded conditions.

Determined to make the most of his session he set up on the footpath and legered a large piece of meat dusted in garlic salt.

It didn’t take long for the tip to wrap round and Graham said: “It took 15-minutes to tire it out and it used the current to its advantage testing my tackle to the limit.”

His winning rig was made up of 15lb mainline and a 10lb hooklink to a size 10 hook.