Trio of barbel on opening day topped by 14lb 2oz specimen

This 14lb 2oz barbel was the best of a trio of specimens landed on opening day by Andrew Cunnington.

The Stamford, Lincolnshire-based rod headed up the A1 to fish a stretch of the River Trent and offered a pellet hookbait on a 4ft hooklink in conjunction with a 4oz feeder to hold bottom.

He said: “Other barbel of 10lb 4oz and 7lb 8oz as well as a 5lb chub all made for a memorable opening day session. All of the barbel fought hard, but the fourteen pounder was like a different animal all together.”

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