Faced with a 24-hour session on a very low and clear River Trent, David Ramskill picked a deep, pacey and snaggy swim just downstream from a weir. His swim choice paid off handsomely with two quick barbel of 10lb 3oz and 8lb, before something far bigger picked up his 12mm Rollin Baits boilie... nearly pulling his rod off the rest in the process!
On lifting into the fish, David was met with a solid resistance which proved nigh-on impossible to budge to begin with, before steady pressure finally got it moving slowly upstream. After playing his quarry back from a point 35 yards past where he hooked it, David eventually landed his new personal-best barbel weighing 18lb.
The 51-year-old tackled the snaggy swim using a 4oz running lead set-up and 14lb Fireline mainline tied to a 6ft hooklink of 15lb fluorocarbon and a size 8 hook.