Perseverance pays off with 13lb Ouse barbel

The decision to persevere on the River Ouse proved to be a wise one for Garry Tear after he landed this 13lb 1oz barbel.

A string of blanks on the waterway had left the Wellingborough-based rod contemplating a move to either the River Severn, Wye or Trent. Determined not to be beaten, however, he decided to have one more session.

With the water levels fairly low, he set-up a rig consisting of a light lead and a long hooklink with an 8mm boilie hookbait and a PVA bag of freebies.

He said: “After several sessions without a bite I was delighted with this double figure specimen.”

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