14lb 4oz barbel within ten minutes of casting out

A bite within 10 minutes of casting out produced this 14lb 4oz barbel for Alan Stagg during a session on a Thames tributary.

The Gardner media manager’s rig was positioned just half a rod length from the bank over a spot which he’d primed a few hours before with a mix of 4mm trout pellets, hemp and chopped CC Moore Odyssey XXX boilies.

“It’s one of the trickiest stretches I have fished to date,” explained Alan, who used a critically-balanced hookbait consisting of a 14mm boilie tipped with buoyant pellets from Enterprise Tackle.

“The fish are well worth the effort, though, and my last four bites have resulted in barbel of 11lb, 12lb 10oz, 15lb 8oz and 14lb 4oz.”

He completed his set-up with 15lb Trickster Heavy braid and a size 8 Covert Wide Gape Talon Tip hook.

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