15lb Derwent barbel

Violent takes are usually what anglers experience when barbel fishing, but for Eathan Waddington a slight tap on the tip was the only indication he got before hooking into this personal-best 15lb 5oz specimen.

Fishing a club stretch of the Derwent in Derbyshire, the Derby rod picked a spot with a large overhanging tree where he set up a feeder rig incorporating a cage feeder filled with dampened fishmeal groundbait and 3ft of 12lb hooklength tied to a size 10 Korum Expert Specimen hook.