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Tim bags a big barbel

July 2015

Every year I look forward to my barbel trip to England. At the end of June the moment is finally there. I’m going to fish on the mighty river Trent for a couple of days in excellent company with Ade Kiddell, Tjitske Bakker and Korum’s media man Adam Firth.

The river is low and crystal clear. We are going to fish a rich of oxygen part of the river. Ade knows a gully which is hardly fished. This is going to be precision fishing. Due to the nature of the river, this time we use the Xpert 2.2lb rods with helicopter rig. The helicopter rig is made of a pin down unleaded leader from Avid Carp with a Korum Carp Heli-Bead. As a hooklink I use 15lb fluorocarbon with Korum specimen hook. To the end I mount a 120 gram Korum river feeder.

Before the rods are put rods in position, I pre-bait the swim with Code Red 15mm boilies and plenty of Sonubaits Cheesy Garlic Halibut Pellets. No one else knows how to fish this swim more successful than Ade. He tells us that we have to be patient until the start of the evening. During day time we managed to catch a number of smaller barbel.

In the evening things turned crazy! We caught barbel after barbel as soon as the feeder hit the bottom! Adam managed to break his PB a number of times and Ade and Tjitske both caught a double figure barbel over 11lb! We finished the day with a tasteful La Chouffe beer and turned into bed at 3am!

On day two we pre-baited the swim lightly to keep the fish interested. The Korum river feeder is an excellent feeder for this purpose. It lets the flavour leak out of the feeder downstream but there is only a small amount of feed for the fish. It doesn’t takes Adam long to improve his PB with a 9-9lb barbel. He also catches another number of fish all on Code Red Hardened Dumbell boilies. I also switched to a Dumbell and it didn’t take long before the rod had a fish on. A heavy fish on the line is trying to get rid of the hook. Fortunately I won this battle and find myself in luck – a 12lb 6oz barbel. I’ve never seen such a short, but heavy specimen.

Adam has only a short number of hours left before he has to say goodbye. Just before he is about to leave, his rod bends double. He instantly notices that this is a very heavy inhabitant of the river. The first time we saw the fish is also the last time! The fish threw the hook.

After Adam has left camp it’s stayed quite for a long time. But in the evening the same crazy situation repeats itself and after catching a large number of barbel, we entered midnight and decided it was time for bed! The next morning we managed to catch a small number of fish before it’s time to head for the long way back towards The Netherlands.

Thanks again to Ade and Tjitske for the hospitality and Adam thanks for the great team work! I’m already planning my next visit.

Wild River Carp


May 2015

Dutch Korum Consultant, Tim Janssen spent his weekend chasing uncaught wild river carp. Here’s his account of his latest session…

After years of waiting, I finally received a phone call at the beginning of this year that I had been granted a licence for a stretch of river in Germany for which only a limited number of licences are issued. More than 10km of river on which most of the anglers only target the predators. A good friend of mine is the only angler that fishes for the carp and barbel.

It is almost the end of May when I have my first afternoon/evening session targeting the carp. My friend who lives close to the river has been pre baiting my spot for a couple of days before I arrive.
After a 150km drive, I gear up lightly for a brief but difficult walk and upon arrival I feed the peg with 18mm Code Red boilies and some small particles. Within less than 10 minutes I have two Korum 12ft 2.75lb carp rods set up and in place.

The rig I am using today is a simple Avid Carp PinDown combined with a 6oz Korum Gripper lead attached to a Korum lead clip. My hook link is 15lb Korum Power braid with 2 x 18mm Code Red boilies mounted on the hair to a size 6 Xpert Power hook.

In the first oour, I only saw fish rolling and a couple of kingfishers flying back and forth constantly.
Just as I am relaxing in my chair and watching the world go by, the screaming sound of a bite alarm brings me back to reality. Metres of line are being ripped from the spool. After a few exciting minutes in a fast flowing part of the river, I gain control over the fish and glide it towards the net. A magnificent “Unknown” two tone common carp of exactly 10 kilos (22lb) lies on the unhooking mat in front of me, what a start!

After enjoying the sun for some time, with a big smile on my face, another fish screams off with my rig. This fish puts some real strain on me and is giving the Korum rod a hard time, the fish is heading for snag after snag, but fortunately I get the upper hand and once again, the fish is gliding towards the net. With another “Unknown” 12.8kg (28lb) common carp on the mat, I decide to call it a day.

I’m hooked on this lovely stretch of river, nothing beats catching “Unknown” wild river carp. I’m looking forward to all the great fish I’m going to catch here in the future. As I drive back to the Netherlands, I’m feeling very happy and satisfied with my first visit to this beautiful river and it’s untapped potential of big wild carp, so much so that the next trip has already been planned.