River Avon produces surprise 14lb 6oz barbel

A previously unproductive stretch of the Warwickshire Avon produced this 14lb 6oz barbel for Adam Davies.

The Gloucestershire rod tackled an area that had failed to yield a result in recent times, but was rewarded within a couple of hours of setting up.

The 35-year-old service controller said: “We set up in the late afternoon and I got the bite at 6pm. Once I saw the fish I thought it was a good double, maybe around 12lb, but when we got it on the mate we knew it was much bigger.

“It was a surprise because that stretch has been so quiet lately.”

Adam used a Korum open-ended feeder filled with pellets and a lump of luncheon meat hair-rigged on a fluorocarbon hooklink.