I did say only a week ago that a big barbel had been taken from the River Nene and that over the next few years it’s quite possible we could see the river produce a fish pushing the British barbel record.
I have now managed to get details of that fish. The 18lb 8oz giant fell to river regular Andy Pattison and is a fish that has packed on 2lb since its last capture in late summer.
Pattison, who also banked a 17lb 10oz specimen from a syndicate stretch of our local river above Wansford, lured the fish on a Nutrabaits Trigga boilie.
The Nene is fast building a growing reputation for specimen barbel with double-figure whiskers falling throughout its reaches.
Although the population is relatively small, growth rates appear to be impressive and with the barbel now starting to spread out over the river, it’s possible some of the known big fish that have been missing for several seasons could suddenly turn up at very high weights.
Local angling journalist Richard Lee, who caught Pattison’s river record fish earlier in the summer at 16lb 4oz, said: “The fish seem to be stacking the weight on. If this continues, and anglers start to feed a significant amount of quality bait to supplement diet, then it’s a real possibility a barbel over 20lb will come through.”
It’s been a great year for barbel across the UK with huge numbers of doubles landed and fish claimed to 19lb. Pattison’s Nene record though is the biggest fully authenticated of the 2014/15 river season.
The current British barbel best is 21lb 1oz by Grahame King off the Great Ouse in November 2006.