Tim Janssen


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Barbel: 14lb 4oz 

Chub: 6lb 6oz  

Roach: 2lb 10oz

Perch: 6lb 12oz 

Zander: 12lb 11oz

Tench: 8lb 10oz

Favourite Venues: 

River IJssel (Holland)
River Dove (UK) 
River Lippe (Germany)

Favourite Tactic: Big river fishing for barbel and trotting a float! 


Favourite Sonubaits Products:
1) Worm Groundbait,
2) Cheese and Garlic Halibut pellets
3) Code Red boillies

Tim's Life In Angling:
My name is Tim Janssen and I live in Dieren in the Netherlands. Dieren is a little village on the river Ijssel, only a few kilometres from the town of Arnhem and The Bridge Too Far" one of the most well-known battles of WW2. When I went for the first time to the river as a little boy, I fell in love with the river, love at first sight so to speak. From that day on you can find me almost every day at the river, fishing or just observing the venue. They were my first steps as an angler. In 2006 I was fishing in Belgium and I hooked a fish that fish was fighting so hard and took a while before I had it in my net. That was my first barbel and from that day my life turned upside down. Back in the Netherlands I looked on the internet and searched all I could find about the barbel. Discovering that only a few people fished for this incredible species here albeit it was a growing trend in our little country. Best thing was, they were very much present and had been caught in my river, the Ijssel! The first few times I didn't catch but afer a couple of days I succeeded and caught my first barbel on home soil, at the end of September 2006. 
Now after many years I specialise in barbel fishing across Europe; Netherlands, France, Belgium, Germany, Luxemborg, Spain and of course the U.K. In total in the last few years I have caught barbel in 25 different rivers in seven countries. Barbel are still my number one species, i'm hooked on the barbel, but I also fish for perch, zander, chub, tench and a lot more.

Angling Ambitions:
My ambitions for the future are to raise my personal best in all my species but also to catch barbel in as many rivers and countries as I can. I am proud to be associated with Korum and Sonubaits and hope over the next few years I can help them to develop further their already extensive range of products.