The culmination of a nine month effort on an undisclosed southern river the Aldershot, Hampshire angling guide scored after a lengthy baiting campaign with The Key.
Teaming up with fellow Nash angler Chris Petter, the duo have endured a painstaking campaign to try and turn up something very special, an unknown and probably uncaught massive barbel.
‘I’ve been baiting six swims, over almost two miles of river, from June 1st 2015 and the campaign started well with a 10lb 14oz fish just days into the season,’ said Duncan. ‘Thinking the flood gates would open we were then knocked back when four months passed without another barbel.’
Fishing at different times from early morning, into darkness, full days and complete nights Duncan and Chris had little to go on and soon realised that not only were the resident barbel nomadic, as no set feeding time or area could be found but that they were also fishing a long stretch of river that in fact contained very few barbel at all.
Chub and big river bream, the best 11lb 2oz, kept hopes high but it was a period when every tiny detail from venue, to rigs to bait was questioned.
‘Just when things looked like they weren’t going to happen, and during a period when a new moon was in the air I caught two barbel in a couple of days weighing 13lb 9oz then the fish of my dreams weighing 16lb 11oz,’ he revealed.
Both anglers have been using 10ft 2.25lb Scope rods and Bullet Braid mainline, with 15 inch hooklinks made from 15lb Combilink stripped completely and teamed with Nash Fang Gaper size 8 hooks. Hookbait has been two 15mm Key boilies wrapped in Key paste along with four bait stringers attached to the lead.
With just a few weeks till the end of the season the duo have continued to bait the swims and every time a mild spell crosses the country they will be out in the hope that a Scope rod will once again wrap round in true barbel fashion!