With the barbel starting to wise up to us fishermen Dan and myself decided to look for some unfished water. This is a problem, as it's such a small river, everywhere gets fished. Dan had the idea of finding a spot that looked like it didn't hold fish, hoping that most fishermen would simply walk straight past.
We found such a spot, about 3-6 inches deep and in the daytime you can see there are no fish there, added to that it's tricky to present a bait well and we had to work out how we were going to net a fish should we hook one.
Well it worked! 1lb 14oz to me before Dan had a 2lb barbel followed by a 1lb 5oz one. We then wrapped things up with an eel each, both over a pound. And I'm hoping there are bigger fish there.
It has really made me think where we can find fish in the future...