Two days on the Royalty stretch of the Hampshire Avon saw brothers Josh and Toby Searl both bank a personal best 13lb-plus barbel.
It was 31-year-old Josh who struck first with a stunning 13lb 7oz whisker, adding an 11lb 4oz fish just hours later. Touch ledgering paste with a PVA bag of micro pellets did the business for the Fordingbridge angler, who took advantage of the recent mild weather conditions to smash his personal best by over 6lb. The pair returned to the stretch the following day where not to be outdone, Toby (26) landed a fin-perfect 13lb 1oz barbel using identical tactics.
“It was two dream days fishing together really, our luck was in and we couldn’t have asked for anymore,” said Josh.