brilliant for him.
does everyone remember their first barbel?
mine was a captpure of a dozen, biggest about 10oz. on the float between the Weirs at Harrold on the Gt Ouse. It was just at the start of the barbel explosion the river in the early 80s.
chris dawn had done a coverpiece for the AT in the roadbridge pool a few weeks before.
I've been told about a fishery near me, Alvechurch Fishery, apparently on the Horseshoe lake of 100lb of Barbel in match weights.
Sure there's a few places like that but I haven't fished there yet. To me it's not quite the same as catching Barbel from rivers but makes for a nicer mixed bag at one place I fish when the odd Barbel turns up.