Big Kennet barbel brace

A no feed approach paid off handsomely for Neil Macdonald when he banked a brace of double-figure barbel, including this 13lb 1oz specimen.

The 37-year-old Reading & District Anglers Association member landed this fish and another weighing 10lb 3oz from the same swim on his local Lower Benyons stretch of the River Kennet in Berkshire. Neil’s setup included a legered double halibut pellet, hair-rigged onto a size 10 Pallatrax The Hook with a 12ins Fox braided hooklink.

He told Angling Times: “I've had a great start to the season with three doubles already and I’ve only been targeting barbel for two years, now I just need to beat my pb which is 14lb 6oz.”

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