Two chunks of luncheon meat and a blade of grass is all Daniel Jamson required to land the fish of a lifetime in the form of this record-shaking 19lb 1oz barbel.
The monster specimen, caught from an undisclosed stretch of the River Trent, is the biggest landed this season for the species and is just three ounces short of the current venue record. The 25-year-old Nottingham rod, who landed an 18lb 6oz fish from the same stretch three weeks earlier, was into the last hour of a short evening session when two pieces of plain luncheon meat on a size 8 hook with a piece of grass resulted in the take he had been waiting for.
“I know the stretch very well as I’ve fished here for ten years and had nearly 50 doubles this season alone so I knew there were fish of this size in here but I’m just so happy that ive managed to land what is possibly the biggest.”
The successful rig was a straight bomb setup with 12lb mainline cast just 15 yards out onto a gravel run which Daniel had fed with around 1kg of both halibut and krill flavoured pellets.
Another angler enjoying the fantastic barbel sport on offer at the inform venue is John Mott who visited the river and landed seven double figure barbel, topped by a 16lb 2oz personal best specimen.
He used Three Foot Twitch Canadian Bounty 18mm boilies that were hair-rigged on to a size 10 hook.