Andrew Poole’s Huge Barbel Hat-Trick!

Andrew Poole with his 16lb 7oz Lea Barbel

Thank you to Tottenham’s Andrew Poole for photos of his sensational run of huge Barbel from the River Lea.  Like most of us, Andrew had experienced a disappointing start to the season, but that all changed in mid July when he recorded a new personal best Barbel in three consecutive trips!

The run began when Andrew located a shoal of big fish – getting off the mark with a 14lb 10oz fish.  The following week he was able to find them again in the same area, a frenetic 20-minute battle through a cabbage patch eventually concluding with the capture of the 15lb 5oz fish.

But the best was still to come with a 16lb 7oz monster!  A further trip, in heavy rain, started with Andrew using a 7oz baitdropper to deliver a mix of fishmeal groundbait, pellet and maggot – fishing double 16mm pellet as hookbait on a size 6 Super Specialist Barbel hook.  Andrew had spent extra-time disguising his end tackle (and it plainly paid off) – electing to use a home made rough stone weight & 1.5oz inline back-lead, and an 18 inch fluorocarbon hooklength.
For full details on the hooks used by Andrew for this hat-trick of wary specimens, click here:-