A barbel trip of two halves… disaster then triumph


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LIAM WILLIS is having a great season and topped a recent 48-hour trip with this 16 lb 5 oz specimen.

Liam Willis displays his biggest River Trent barbel

Liam’s recent success has come at Gunthorpe on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire. He told Angler’s Mail how it the latest session unfolded.

The 48-year-old railway manager said: “The first 24 hours were a disaster, losing a large chub and a barbel in snags, then losing what I think was a very large catfish.

“The next morning I hooked into a fish which fought for nearly 20 minutes in the strong flow.

“I knew when I saw it near the net it was a new PB beating my old one of 14 lb 10 oz caught last year and it went 16 lb 5 oz.

“Later that day I also had other barbel of 6 lb 6 oz, 11 lb 10 oz and 14 lb 4 oz.

“Since July I have had 11 trips barbelling, catching 46 barbel of which 21 were doubles.

“And I had three doubles on the middle Severn in just over two hours with a Severn best of 11 lb 10 oz,” concluded Southport, Merseyside-based Liam.

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