Big Witham barbel falls to matchman's approach

Stuart Jessop took a leaf out of the matchfishing textbook to catch this 13lb 14oz River Witham barbel, the second largest ever taken from the small Lincolnshire river.

The powerful fish was taken from beneath a far bank bush, where Stuart accurately presented his hookbait using a pole cup more commonly used by commercial match anglers.

Stuart said: “I knew there was the odd double in the Witham, but I never imagined I’d catch anything quite this big!

To read the full story, including tips and tactics, see tomorrow’s Angling Times.