14lb River Severn barbel gives angler the run-around

A bit of extra pace and colour in the lower River Severn helped David Benfield bag this 14lb barbel.

The 29-year-old roof tiler smashed his personal best by 3lb after a surging fight. He said: “It hugged the bottom and I had to run up the bank and around some trees, but thankfully it wasn’t a long battle.”

David used dampened Sonubaits Cheesy Garlic pellets in a Korum open-ended feeder and fish two matching baits on a hair rig.

He added: “I lost another cracking fish as well, so I’ll be going for that one.”

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