Prebaiting rewarded with 14lb 3oz Thames barbel

Luke Ayling’s determination and effort on the River Thames were rewarded with the capture of this superb 14lb 3oz barbel.

The Oxfordshire-based rod had prebaited a local stretch of the waterway for over a month with Lone Angler Sausage Sizzle pellets.

His first outing produced a trio of chub to over 6lb, but just days later he returned during horrendous conditions and fed several pints of hemp over a gravel bar.

“The light was just starting to peak through the night sky when one of my rods tore off. The fish used all its energy to escape but my kit was up to the task and the barbel was soon in the net,” said Luke, who used an 18mm pellet hookbait.

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