Flooded Lea produces 14lb 15oz barbel

AN impromptu session on the River Lea produced this 14lb 15oz barbel for former Drennan Cup Champion Darran Goulder.

The Shimano and Dynamite Baits consultant from Kent, hair-rigged a single Robin Red pellet and dropped it just a few feet from his own bank in a swim on a flooded River Lea to land the barbel that beats his previous biggest for the species from the venue that stood at 13lb 10oz.

“I was supposed to be fishing on Chew Reservoir for the pike but the trip was cancelled because of the weather. The river was tanking through and was only just fishable but I’m glad I made the effort.”