Biggest barbel on the pole ever landed!

The biggest barbel ever landed on the pole has been taken during a match on the River Thames.

Daiwa Gordon League ace Andy Pollard had been targeting big perch during the Upper Thames Championship when the huge fish, which broke double figures with ease, snaffled up his maggot hookbait.

To add to his delight, Andy also saw off 113 rivals to take first place in the match individually and also helped his squad top the team event.

For more details on the capture and pictures of the huge specimen, pick up a copy of next week’s Angling Times, on the shelves from Tuesday September 27.