15lb barbel from the River Kennet at night

Rising specimen star Louis Slade showed off his credentials when he banked this 15lb barbel from the River Kennet.

The Reading-based youngster found his local stretch of the waterway holding plenty of colour and legered meat coated in CC Moore Chilli Hemp oil to add extra scent.

Having recorded a mountain of data relating to the best time to get a bite, the Fox-backed rod was confident of scoring a couple of hours after darkness had arrived and he told Angling Times: “I’d landed a fish  at 7.30pm a few sessions before in similar conditions and wanted to have my rig in the water at that time.”

“Incredibly, the rod went round at exactly that time again and after giving a good account of itself I slipped the net under it,” he added.

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