Trent produces massive catch of barbel

The River Trent has produced a staggering early season barbel catch, with one angler netting 28 fish topped by a personal best of 13lb 8oz.

Graham Little had never banked a double figure barbel before he settled down in a swim on the famous river. But it didn’t take him long to put that right, smashing his previous best out of sight when the 13lber made an appearance just seconds after his first cast.

He baited up his chosen swim with hemp and pellets before putting his faith in a large piece of legered luncheon meat.

“I would have been happy with catching that 13lb 8oz fish alone,” said Graham. “But the sheer amount of barbel that came along just shows what an awesome fishery the Trent is.”