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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.