Mark Roberts 19lb Barbel

Stockport based Mark Roberts hit the jackpot on a recent session to the mighty River Trent when he landed this impressive 19lb Barbel.

He told us “I arrived to find it running clean, conditions were hardly ideal for barbel so a little change of tactics were required and it certainly paid off. Rather than filling it in and putting a load of bait out, I opted to fish a small golf ball sized pva bag filled with micro pellets with a boilie hookbait that was recast every hour.

When I hooked the fish it didn’t go particularly crazy, it just pulled and pulled, before I knew it the fish was on the other side of the river! After easing it back and a few heavy thumps it was finally in the net and was a fantastic brace alongside a 15lb 13oz fish”.