<div><span style=”font-family: Calibri; font-size: medium;”>I started my new tactic of baiting up a swim in November knowing there were some big barbel resident. My method was to bait the swim regularly getting them feeding before fishing it. I fished the swim twice for a couple of hours during the first week, each time putting in a few Pacific Tuna boilies and fishing with them wrapped in the same paste with a few on a PVA stringer.
Hampshire Avon PB – Darrel Hughes
The second weekend the river had risen after some heavy rain and with some colour and higher temperatures, I knew I was in with a good chance. It was a very warm Saturday evening and I saw a few chub rolling in the swim. Casting out again just before dark, I settled back and when the rod hooped over I immediately knew it was a big fish. The barbel stayed deep as they always do and after a hard fight she was in the net all 13lb 8oz of her, I was ecstatic to say the least!
I thought this was just lucky so I decided to continue the campaign the following weekend only to lose another big fish at the net. However, the next weekend using the same tactic I caught my Personal Best Barbel on the Hampshire Avon weighing in at a fantastic 16lb 8oz.
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