Darren Wilson - River Trent 20lb Barbel
Most river anglers go in search of double figure barbel each season. Breaking that 10lb barrier is a challenge on a lot of stretches. If you search hard enough you may just get lucky and find a little bit of river gold.
The season so far has been anything but settled, with extremely productive spells followed by what seemed like devoid rivers. Never the less persistence has paid of for those who are bold enough to venture.
Darren Wilson and friends had decided to fish the Trent for their annual get together. Knowing that a big barbel could be quite possible they fished hard and effectively to the conditions they faced.
Darren targeted a narrow boat channel which he regularly topped up with bait through out the session, a key factor to keeping the barbel in the area.
After several bites Darren hooked into what was instantly recognisable as a larger fish. A 20 minute stale mate with a few nervous moments came to a conclusion when Darren slipped the net under an incredible looking barbel.
With the assistance of other anglers and using a couple of different sets of scales the weight was settled at 20lb 4oz.
Most river anglers go their whole life’s without seen a 20lb plus barbel, let alone been able to hold one up for the cameras. An Incredible capture that we are sure Darren will never forget.
When we first released the barbel baits we predicted that the FSO range would be the product to beat. So it will come as no surprise that Darren opted to use it on the hook and as lose feed. A mixture of 12m barrels and 8mm boilie pellet feed regular kept the tips bouncing.
Excellent work Darren and we are sure it won’t be the last big barbel for you this year.