Biggest barbel in Britain hits bank at 19lb 9oz

This is the picture of what is believed to be the biggest barbel in the UK.

The record shaking specimen, weighing 19lb 9oz, was caught by big fish angler Thomas Finney from an undisclosed stretch of Southern river.

The photo was posted on social media site, Facebook, by the 24-year-old who just four days earlier registered his previous personal best with a 16lb 6oz specimen.

His latest catch is the South African’s fifth barbel over 15lb this season and is thought to be the same fish landed by Dave Currell back in March 2013 when it tipped the scales at a jaw dropping 20lb 7oz as reported in the Angling Times.

Tom visited the river late in the afternoon but with the temperature at close to freezing he found the going hard with just one 3lb fish to show for his efforts.

He then moved to a snaggy swim what he called ‘a tackle graveyard’ which was littered with submerged tree branches and weed.

To combat the snags he tied his garlic spam hookbait to his lead with PVA string before casting tight to a raft of debris.

Within minutes his tipped bent over and he was wrestling with the huge fish, falling over three times in an attempt to follow the monster specimen down river.

After a long scrap the fish eventually surfaced at which point Tom knew he had a new personal best in the bag, a fish which he had been targeting for two seasons and larger than the 19lb 1oz River Trent fish landed by Daniel Jamson back in November; a catch also reported on the pages of this newspaper.

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