Giant Loddon barbel is all thanks to Facebook

Big fish man Neil Maidment had Facebook to thank after landing a personal best barbel weighing 14lb 13oz.

The 39-year-old from Fleet, Hants, arrived on his local stretch of the River Loddon only to find most of the spots had been taken. But after receiving some advice from a friend on the popular social networking site he moved to a quieter stretch where the huge fish fell for his single hookbait and no feed approach.

Neil’s straight lead presentation included a size 10 Drennan Specimen Barbless hook tied to 14 inches of 8lb Drennan Gravel Braid.

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