30-year quest for double figure barbel ends

Reg Long has been visiting the River Severn at Bridgnorth for almost 30-years in search of a double figure barbel… and he finally achieved his goal last week.

This 11lb 11oz personal best specimen was the Bromley, Kent man’s well-earned reward and fell to a hair-rigged chunk of luncheon meat fished over a bed of hemp and micro pellets. The retired accountant used an 8lb hooklink and a size 8 Drennan Continental Boilie Hook to beat his prize.

He said: “Five of us have made the trip to Bridgnorth every year since 1985 to fish for barbel for the week and the winner is given ‘The Barbel Cup!’ This double has been a long time coming and easily beats my old best of 9lb.”

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