New personal best with 14lb 1oz barbel

Bait tester Jay Carrick was confident a Warwickshire Avon weir pool would be home to a shoal of large barbel, but he never expected to tussle with anything as big as this personal best 14lb 1oz specimen so early in the season.

The Three Foot Twitch consultant relied on two legered Lamprey flavoured pellets in the pacey conditions and his heavily scented bait was soon located by his target species.

He said: “It was a real struggle to turn its head back upstream but after about 10 minutes I had the upper-hand. It then lunged several times to try and shed the hook before I finally managed to beat it.”

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