A quick change in tactics resulted in this cracking 16lb 3oz River Loddon barbel for Cliff Mosey.
The Sandhurst-based rod had headed to the Berkshire waterway with his 11-year-old son, Henry, with the intentions of spending a couple of hours fishing for the chub with breadflake.
But when he saw the river he had to have a rethink. He said: “The water was really coloured and I knew we’d struggle for the chub. I had some pellets with me so decided to have a go for the barbel with a banded hookbait – and what a great decision it turned out to be!”
Cliff’s successful set-up consisted of 6lb Gardner HydroFlo line with a size 8 barbless hook.