“I pre-baited my swim around an hour and a half to fishing it with Bait Factory's Krill and Crab ground bait, laced
with Bait Factory's mixed flavoured pellets. The way I did this was using PVA mesh bags with a large stone in the
bottom, which I believe causes far less disturbance than using a bait dropper, however effective they may be.
Rig-wise I opted to take a leaf out the carp angler’s book, and use a combi-rig. The stiffer fluorocarbon was
connected to a short section of supple braid (my choice being 12lb Drennan gravel braid). In addition to this, I had ‘kicked’ the hook with some shrink tubing to create a really aggressive angle of the hook, sure to nail any takes, which in the fluctuating conditions have been few and far between. A large blob of rig putty over the connecting rig ring ensured the rig stuck to the bottom, with a supple section of braid to allow free movement of the bait, ensuring it looked as natural as physically possible. Hair-rigged fairly close to the size 8 hook shank were two 8mm Bait Factory halibut pellets, renowned barbel bait. I have caught several barbel from the Sussex Ouse, the biggest weighing 8lb 14oz, as well as chub to 5lb 11oz, and carp to 12lb 7oz. Catching the potential river record means so much to me, and it is a lot of hard work and blanks paid off.”