Braving the extreme weather resulted in this staggering 19lb 7oz River Lea record barbel that wrenched James Champkin’s rod round just two-minutes after casting out.
The Hertfordshire specimen hunter has enjoyed a fantastic season with big fish, landing a 4lb 5oz rudd back in spring, but this barbel unsurprisingly represents one of his greatest angling achievements. On this session, the James found the Lea in perfect conditions for barbel. Extreme weather resulted in high in a high river the colour of tea, and with air temperatures of 15 degrees, things looked promising.
Well done James!