Double-figure barbel from tiny Midlands river

An 18ins-deep river produced this surprise double-figure barbel for Chris Long.

The Worksop angler caught it from the River Ryton, a tributary of the Idle, in Nottinghamshire.

“The river is 8ft wide and 18ins deep at best,” said the 36-year-old. “I’ve fished it for years and had fantastic results with 5lb-plus chub, but my recent outing resulted in two barbel – one of them being 10lb 2oz.

“I have since been back and have spotted more than 20 barbel, chub, and pike.”
Chris used maggots held on the bottom with 3 SSG splitshot.

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