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 »

Barbel Society say that action is vital for the future of their favourite fish

17 May

FISHERIES and angling officials are likely to be in for tough questioning about the state of barbel stocks, and their future.

Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear, seen with a 13 lb 9 oz lower Severn giant, has aired his views.
Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear, seen with a 13 lb 9 oz lower Severn giant, has aired his views.

Barbel Society members are disgruntled by the perceived lack of action by the Environment Agency in addressing the continued decline …Continue reading »

Barbel Society say that action is vital for the future of their favourite fish

17 May

FISHERIES and angling officials are likely to be in for tough questioning about the state of barbel stocks, and their future.

Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear, seen with a 13 lb 9 oz lower Severn giant, has aired his views.
Barbel Society committee member Lawrence Breakspear, seen with a 13 lb 9 oz lower Severn giant, has aired his views.

Barbel Society members are disgruntled by the perceived lack of action by the Environment Agency in addressing the continued decline …Continue reading »

British barbel record rocked with biggest ever from the Thames

1 Apr

BAIT company boss John Llewellyn ended the river season in record style with this giant 20 lb 12 oz barbel – the heaviest ever from the Thames.

John Llewellyn came rocked the British barbel record with this 20 lb 12 oz heavyweight from the River Thames, caught soon before the 2018/19 river season ended.
John Llewellyn came rocked the British barbel record with this 20 lb 12 oz heavyweight from the River Thames, caught soon before the 2018/19 river season ended.

The Big Carp owner initially thought he’d smashed the 21 lb 1 oz British barbel record when he weighed the …Continue reading »

River Thames barbel scaling 19 lb 15 oz for man who returned to fishing after long break

15 Mar

RYAN PEVY only restarted fishing again this season and was so pleased that he did when he slid the net under this massive 19 lb 15 oz barbel.

Ryan Pevy's giant Thames barbel scaled 19 lb 15 oz. He was a winner in Angler's Mail's famous Fish of the Week, sponsored by Richworth.
Ryan Pevy’s giant Thames barbel scaled 19 lb 15 oz. He was a winner in Angler’s Mail’s famous Fish of the Week, sponsored by Richworth.

The huge Thames barbel came when Ryan tackled the middle reaches of the mighty river. The High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire-based ‘returner’ …Continue reading »

Double-figure barbel galore in two quick spells

11 Feb

TONY MAYHEW enjoyed an epic session when he smashed his barbel PB four times while matting nine fish including six stunning winter ‘doubles’.

Tony Mayhew got stuck into big River Trent barbel during a long session at Newark.
Tony Mayhew got stuck into big River Trent barbel during a long session at Newark.

The haul of big River Trent barbel came when Tony had a 60-hour session at Newark, Nottinghamshire. Littleborough, Greater Manchester-based …Continue reading »