• Case of barbel sells for record £18,000

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    A brace of barbel in a glass case set a world record when it sold for £18,000 (excluding 15% buyers’ commission) at Angling Auctions. The special appeal was that the fish weighed 14lb 3oz and 14lb, the largest pair of barbel ever cased. The fish were caught in 1934 from the Hampshire Avon in March 1934 and were mounted by Rowland Ward. The sale, at Chiswick, London, saw spectacular prices in many other areas, with an early Hardy Perfect selling for £11,000 and a set of 41 bound Hardy Angler’s guides climbing to £15,000.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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