A short session on the Great Ouse produced two new barbel personal bests for Garry Teer who banked a brace of specimens for a combined weight of almost 30lb.
The Northamptonshire rod baited up two spots just before dark with a generous helping of hemp, micro pellets and brown crumb flavoured with scopex liquid.
A homemade boilie wrapped in matching paste was positioned over the top and less than an hour later his tip started to bounce before arching over.
“What followed was the best fight I've ever had from a barbel and there were a number of occasions when I thought I was going to lose it,” said Garry.
“Around 15 minutes later the fish was in the net and the scales registered a new pb of 14lb 11oz – I couldn’t stop smiling.”
Determined to land an even bigger specimen he remained in the swim but failed to receive another indication and moved to his second prebaited spot.
He was forced to wait but his patience in the bitterly cold conditions was rewarded as he received another savage take. He said: “I’d been getting a lot of little plucks off small fish but they suddenly stopped – I had a feeling that something bigger had drifted into the area.
“My theory was proved correct when the rod tipped hammered round – it felt heavy but it seemed to give up almost straight away and another personal best barbel of exactly 15lb was soon on the bank.”
Although many have written off the river’s big barbel potential in recent years, Garry is hopeful that his experience will tempt others to give the venue another shot. “This was easily my best barbel session ever but in recent months I’ve had plenty of other double figure fish from the venue. If you do your homework this waterway still provides you with a great chance of finding a specimen of your dreams.”