Big specimen breaks angler's personal best after decade of effort.
A decade of effort finally paid off last week when specimen angler Adrian Eves banked a new barbel pb that’s taken him 10 years to catch.
Slipping the net under the 15lb specimen, Adrian smashed his previous best for the species by over a pound – a moment of both joy and relief for the Fox-backed angler.
“My barbel best has stood at 13lb 12oz for the past 10years despite my trying hard to beat it, so I decided to give them a bit more attention this winter with the intention of beating it,” Adrian told Total Coarse Fishing. “Despite my efforts and having plenty of doubles I couldn't crack it, but that all changed as the mild weather and steadily high water temperatures recently brought them on the feed.”
Targeting a stretch of the river Kennet, Adrian set about a night time campaign to catch his target, taking his prize on just his second trip to the waterway. The big fish falling for an upstream legered presentation of a Dynamite Baits spicy prawn and shrimp 10mm boilie with a small PVA mesh bag of crushed and whole boilies, just below a snag.
“It was a positive bite on the tip, but, as is usual with upstream fishing, it took a little bit for me to realise that this was a very good fish and I had to lean into it to stop it getting into the snag,” continued Adrian. “Once it was under the rod tip it slowed down and started to circle and it was soon in the net. When I saw the depth of it on the unhooking mat I knew I’d done what I’d set out to and ended a 10 year wait in style.”
The rig that fooled the 15lb fish consisted of a 2foot hooklink of weedy green, 15lb Fox Coretex wth a size 10 S2 Kuro hook.