Season's best barbel

The biggest barbel of the season has been landed by Ian Hartley in the shape of this 17lb 10oz fish from the Derbyshire Derwent.

After electing to fish a renowned spot on a stretch controlled by The Earl of Harrington’s AC, the venue regular fed a bed of pellets and presented a large halibut pellet over the top.

His tip was dragged round as the impressive specimen tried to reach the sanctuary of a set of nearby snags, but Ian piled on the pressure and steered his prize to safety.
Once in the net he noticed it was the same specimen which he had banked in July at a weight of 16lb 12oz.