British record barbel of 21 lb 2 oz quietly enters history lists

23 Dec

THE specimen world was shocked when it read all about a new British record barbel that was accepted at the end of 2019.

Colin Smithson's 21 lb 2 oz British record barbel was accepted by the British Record Fish Committee at their final meeting of 2019.
Colin Smithson’s 21 lb 2 oz British record barbel was accepted by the British Record Fish Committee at their final meeting of 2019.

Colin Smithson caught his 21 lb 2 oz British record barbel from a Sussex river on November 7. He decided …Continue reading »

Sturgeon shocker and huge barbel – in same session!

25 Oct

SPESSY ace Justin Stoddart notched up two new PBs on his latest River Trent trip – this 16 lb 10 oz barbel and a shock 21 lb 3 oz sturgeon.

Trent sturgeon - there have been a few of them reported, but Justin Stoddart also had a 16 lb 10 oz barbel on the session that yielded this 21-pounder.
Trent sturgeon – there have been a few of them reported, but Justin Stoddart also had a 16 lb 10 oz barbel on the session that yielded this 21-pounder.

The shock Trent sturgeon (above) and 16 lb 10 oz barbel (below) came as a rare ‘brace’ from the in-form …Continue reading »

Tackle shop boss finally nabs wily big barbel

2 Oct

JAMES WHILLIER struggled to catch a big barbel on the Hampshire Avon’s most famous venue on four visits… but finally nabbed it on his fifth trip at an estimated 13 lb.

Fifth time lucky - James and his big Royalty Fishery barbel.
Fifth time lucky – James and his big Royalty Fishery barbel.

The 44-year-old decided on a hemp and caster approach to fool the wary specimen from the Royalty Fishery. James, who runs …Continue reading »