Fantastic Thames Barbel

I recently received this short mail from an avid Shakespeare angler Martin Steggall….A double figure barbel is a superb fish and one of 14lb plus from the Thames is a fish of a lifetime

At 14lbs 3oz a fish of a lifetime from the River Thames

. Our congratulations to Martin and a big thank you for choosing Shakespeare tackle.

Please find attached photos of a 14lb 3oz barbel I caught in the River Thames earlier this year on an 11ft Shakespeare Xcede quivertip rod (rod now sadly deceased, I stupidly trod on it whilst playing another barbel on another rod!). It featured (in a small way) in both the Angling Times and the Angler’s

I now own another Shakespeare rod, an 11ft Mach 2 XT Quivertip Barbel rod. I used it for the first time on the Avon on a BAA water and had a 13lb 10oz barbel on it after only an hour fishing with it. I have two photos of it
on my mobile phone but haven’t yet downloaded them..


Martin Steggall

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