Schoolboy has achieved what many seasoned specimen anglers can only dream of – hauling in an incredible 19 double-figure barbel in a single session.
The remarkable catch, which totalled over 200lb, was made by eight year-old Rio Kassim, who was fishing the prolific Collingham Weir day-ticket stretch of the River Trent in Nottinghamshire.
Accompanied by his dad, Leon, and two friends, the youngster bagged 20 fish in total, only one of which failed to make the 10lb mark. They included four over 13lb, topped off by a personal-best 13lb 10oz specimen.
Even more amazingly Rio, who had only fished a river twice before in his life, achieved his memorable feat using a meagre three pints of maggots.
The catch, which will no doubt raise eyebrows in the angling community, also left his dad in total shock.
Leon told Angling Times: “It was just one of those days when everything went to plan and the tip just kept wrapping round – it was incredible.
“By the end Rio was exhausted and could barely stand up in the gravel, but he put all of us to shame that day.”
The group arrived on the river early in the morning to ensure they could bag swims, and it didn’t take long for the action to start.
Just half-an-hour into the trip, Rio’s rod was looping over as the first barbel took a liking to his maggot feeder set-up with double maggot hookbait. Eleven hours later the sun was setting on a day the youngster will never forget.
“The only problem is, the catch has spoiled him now.
“He will expect the fishing to be as good as that every time we go.
“He will be trying to better that haul of huge barbel for the rest of his life,” added Leon.