Barbel personal-best doubled in memorable session

Ian Halford’s short session on the Hampshire Avon produced one of the most stunning fish of his career as he banked a 13lb 13oz barbel.

The venue regular visited the prolific Royalty Fishery stretch of the waterway and sought expert advice on which of the swims to visit.

He eventually settled upon an area known as Mugs Hole and used legered luncheon meat to tempt the all-important wrap round.

His catch was made even more impressive when he revealed that the barbel almost doubled his previous best for the species.