Simon Daley 16lb 3oz Barbel

Homemade boilies proved to be the recipe for success for Simon Daley as he landed this stunning 16lb 3oz barbel.

Simon told us “As autumn’s approached, I’ve decided to fish a new area of the Hamps Avon for me in hope of a few decent double figure barbel. I concentrated my efforts on three likely swims that I started baiting with my homemade boilies. It’s so much more rewarding for me making the bait then actually catching on it! After making regular evening visits over a week or so and introducing bait, I was very happy to start catching from the off and landed some smaller chub and two good-uns which were just over 6lb.
I was happy with the results to say the least – the homemade baits were at least working although it was barbel I wanted. On this section of the Avon barbel bites can be few and far between so catching something was going to be a challenge. One evening the conditions were perfect with overcast skies and some rain. By the end of the session I ended up landing my biggest ever brace from the Avon to date with barbel of 13lb 10oz and 15lb 13oz. I was already chuffed to bits with this but I eagerly returned a few days later after work to see if I could catch a bigger one. I’d already re-baited after my last visit so the swim was prepped.
I cast out to the spot and sure enough, I received another bite, but I never expected it to be from a 16lb 3oz barbel. It was in absolutely mint condition and proved to be a new PB from this stretch. The catch meant I’d now had 15’s and 16’s from two separate stretches of the Avon now. What a river it is.”