Stratford angler Gavin Heritage has set what’s thought to be a new Warwickshire Avon barbel record with a 16lb 4oz brute caught in the last week of the season.
Gavin was fishing a stretch in his home town with a 14mm Dynamite Baits Monster crab boilies and also added a 12lb carp.
Gavin cradles his 16lb 4oz Warwickshire Avon barbel, thought to be a new river record.
Total-Fishing.com understands the fish was weighed on Avon scales and witnessed by two other anglers who were on the bank, Tim Wakefield and Peter Bridge.
“The fish came after a season long campaign, which is my first season targeting the species,” Gavin told Total-Fishing.com . “What a way to end the season, hey?”
Gavin was fishing 20lb Calcutta Ultra Braid to a 12lb ESP Sinklink hooklength attached to a Drennan Super Specialist Barbel size 6 hook and beat it using a Wychwood Barbel Double Top rod.