|A milestone pike - that first "twenty" after my return to "big fish" angling
And then it was the turn of barbel to take centre stage in all my angling efforts. I had a desire to get a "double" onto my PB list, only ever having seen one previously, in 1987(8?), taken from The Royalty Fishery, by Chris Scott (10 lbs 2 oz). Quite what Benno and I were to experience (on a free stretch of The Kentish Stour) is beyond anything we could have imagined? Five crazy days in August 2013 saw me land two "thirteens", the biggest one being two ounces heavier than the, then, UK record when I'd packed up "speccy hunting" in March 1993!!
|An absolute brute of a barbel from The River Stour in Canterbury
|The culmination of an incredible series of adventures around the
lochs of the Scottish highlands
|One half as big again please, oh yeah, on a sixty year old split cane rod if you don't mind?
|As quirky as I can make it. A very comfortable mix of ancient and modern, with a bit of "home made" thrown
in for good measure.