69 barbel in one spectacular session!

Staggering Trent catch included 25 doubles topped by giants of 16lb 6oz and 15lb 6oz...

by Angling Times |

FOR most of us, a barbel or two in a session would be a pretty good result – so you can only imagine Julian Barnes’ delight when he banked a staggering haul of 69 fish on a recent trip.

In high summer, weir pools act like a magnet to the species, and current crucian carp record-holder Julian was fishing the prolific Collingham Weir stretch of the River Trent.

It’s well-known for its spectacular fishing in the right conditions, but Julian’s catch, which included 25 doubles topped by giants of 16lb 6oz and 15lb 6oz, was in a different league.

“It was a pretty special session,” he said. “I was there for two days and didn’t even fish the nights.

“The fishing was crazy – I just kept the bait going in and the bites were non-stop.”

Boilies were Julian’s bait of choice. He fed plenty of these and used one on the hook, alongside a PVA bag of pellets.

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