12lb 10oz barbel from Thames tributary

Alan Stagg has continued his successful start to his barbel campaign, adding this 12lb 10oz to his tally during his latest out on a Thames tributary.

The Hampshire-based specimen hunter used his trusty homemade bait dropper to introduce a bed of hemp and 4mm CC Moore pellets and fooled the impressive fish with a mag-aligner rig consisting of 15lb Trickster Heavy braid and a size 12 Covert Mugga hook.

He said: “My last three bites from the stretch have all been doubles, so I’m certainly pleased the way this autumn’s barbel fishing is going.”

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