BRADLEY HANCOCK knew that the conditions were perfect for barbel – and he made it pay with this stunning catch.
Bradley went after barbel on his local River Don, as it had risen 2 ft from the previous day.
He went on to catch this venue record 14 lb 5 oz specimen.
The 22-year-old joiner, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, targeted the barbel with a bunch of eight maggots on a hair-rigged bait clip.
Bradley said: âIâve been fishing the River Don for a few years, targeting barbel and chub.
“It would be fair to say that Iâve spent more fishing hours over the past two years on the river than most people.”
River Don up and running
Bradley continued: âAt the weekend I went for my usual walk along the river, and I was happy to see an extra 2 ft of water than the previous day.
“Knowing that the river tends to fish well when it is carrying extra water, I took advantage and caught a fish that I never expected to catch.
âA slow bite led to an even slower fight. It was plodding around, so I thought Iâd hooked a big carp, until it surfaced.
âWeighing 14 lb 5 oz, it is the same fish that holds the previous River Don record, at 13 lb 11 oz, caught two seasons ago towards the end of summer.
“Iâm over the moon with how the season has finished. It couldnât get any better for me,â smiled Bradley.
GOT A STORY, OR VIEWS OR GREAT PHOTOS? Email pix with info to: firstname.lastname@example.org You could get into print with us!
For the best exclusive content, read Anglerâs Mail magazine this week. The print issue of Angler’s Mail is in shops priced Â£2.30. Get your copy asap.
GRAB THE LATEST ANGLER’S MAIL SUBSCRIPTION OFFER!
Start 2020 in style by getting AM delivered to you at a bargain price >> click here and net a subscription!
You may also like to read these Angler’s Mail stories…
AN angler who was illegally night fishing was strangled and had white spirit poured down his throat during a terrifying…
AS I write this the rain is hammering down against the window and the local radio has issued some flood…
Barbel fishing in winter can be very productive, especially for the larger specimens, which may be in top condition and…
Slice into barbel Big barbel love areas that provide cover and shade, yet getting bait to them without making a…
Read more: www.anglersmail.co.uk