All-Time Epic Catches

Angler's Mail|November 26, 2019

All-Time Epic Catches
Our classic fishing series moves back in time, and this week we bring you a special look at…
Grahame King

When Grahame King beat the barbel record – THREE times!

IT’S a British record listing that surprisingly still stands as No.1 today, but there is more to Grahame King’s 21 lb 1 oz record barbel than meets the eye.

Exactly a year after Tony Gibson set a record with a fish of 20 lb 6 oz from the Great Ouse at Adam’s Mill, Grahame pushed the bar up further. He did it with the same fish, known as The Traveller. He then had it again two weeks later, and for a third time a year later!

Grahame’s first capture was at 20 lb 14 oz 8 dr, in October 2005, after a run of ten ‘doubles’ in his previous seven sessions.

The form was in stark contrast with the Watford, Hertfordshire, specialist angler’s run of 28 blanks at the Buckinghamshire stretch, before he mastered it.

Just days after breaking the record, Grahame landed what was the second heaviest ever barbel brace, at 17 lb 10 oz and 15 lb 2 oz.


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November 26, 2019