Fishing: King of barbels well worth a place in history.
BRITAIN'S biggest barbel - a Great Ouse giant of 19lb 6oz that boosted the coveted record by almost 2lb - may soon be on display in London's Natural History Museum.
The fish that stunned specimen hunters three years ago, and went back in the streamy reaches of the upper Ouse, died of old age a year later. Anglers found it in the margins and Reading taxidermist Trevor King took on the job of preparing a mount for a traditional bow-fronted glass case.
He has spent 18 months on the complex processes but it will soon be cased, complete with must-have gold lettering.
Trevor's pounds 1,000 bill will be met by a private client who seeks the museum's co-operation so that barbel lovers everywhere can visit and admire the greatest heavyweight of all time.
When Trevor, 40, who turned professional ten years ago, needs a break from the sights and smells of a fishy workshop he takes time off in the great outdoors - and goes fishing.
He has scored regularly in the top end of the barbel league with double-figure catches to 13lb 4oz. But his latest catch is a 3lb 5oz River Kennet perch that wins a Shakespeare Borak 13ft carbon match rod in the SP competition.
"I used a 1950s Octofloat built-cane rod and an old Mitchell 300 fixed-spool reel," said Trevor. That will stir nostalgic memories for the over-50s who once saved for months to afford a similar outfit.
Incidentally, Trevor is exhibiting his work at the Go Fishing Show at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre from Friday to Sunday, February 27-29 - open 9.30-5.00 daily.
Experts from most branches of the sport will be on hand to offer advice and Shakespeare lead a full house of tackle exhibitors. Advance tickets are pounds 8.50 adults, pounds 7 pensioners, kids aged 5-12, pounds 3. Ring ticket hotline: 0870 730 0062.
The People Sports Paper February 22 2004; CLEVER TREVOR: King with his winning perch