Youngster banks a 12lb 4oz Wye barbel

Teenager Charlie Dempsey proved that you don’t need years of experience to catch big barbel when he landed this 12lb 4oz specimen.

The 16-year-old from Newport, South Wales, was fishing a middle section of the River Wye in a spot where he had previously caught his personal best, a fish weighing 13lb, just weeks earlier. Charlie tempted the prized fish using a 3oz Korum cage feeder with 15lb flouro hooklink and a double pellet mounted on a size 7 Drennan Barbel hook.

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