James Denison 15lb 4oz Barbel

Quick sessions can prove extremely rewarding at times, yet they don’t come much better than James Denison’s recent trip to South Yorkshire’s River Don, where in just three hours fishing, he blew the river record out the water with this 15lb 4oz fish.
James had the fish on rolled meat, using a centrepin reel and freelining a lump in sluggish flow. He had a gentle indication, and as he looked at the rod to see if the bite would develop, it hooped round and battle begun. The fight was strong and deliberate, with him finally getting a glimpse of the fish after five minutes.

He hadn’t realised the fish’s true scale until it hit the landing net, and with bailiffs In attendance, it was made clear to James just how special the fish was. It smashes the current 14lb 9oz record, and James admits that landing a fish of such magnitude still hasn’t set in.

Well done James!