Trent hits top barbel form

The River Trent has been in red hot form and early September has been no different – with numerous double-figure barbel banked. Here’s the pick of the bunch from the latest catches...

Ian Potts 17lb 1oz 

MACCLESFIELD-based angler Ian Potts couldn’t believe his luck when he banked a new personal best barbel at 16lb 13oz, to only go and catch it again two days later at 17lb 1oz!

The 43-year-old free-lined a chunk of meat into the weir at Gunthorpe and struck when he received two taps on his fifth run through the swim.

He said: “All hell broke out and it was a good seven minutes before I managed to get her to the net. When I lifted her I couldn’t believe it was the same barbel!”

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Jay Elliot 14lb barbel 

Recasting every 45 minutes was the key to the capture of this exquisite 14lb Trent barbel for Jay Elliot. 

The 45-year-old from Nottingham fished a night on a middle stretch of the River and took the fish after he heard a single bleep on his alarm at 2.15am.

Successful hookbait was a Vortex Baits CKO Cocoon.

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Michael Coke 17lb 5oz  

A large banded halibut pellet proved too irresistible for this chunky 17lb 5oz specimen. It was banked by barbel fanatic Michael Coke who made use of rising river levels on a stretch near Newark to grab a few hours fishing.

A cage feeder loaded with dampened groundbait, micro pellets, 4mm pellets and hemp was the successful tactic

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