Back to my roach spot and after a few casts with no bites I climbed the tree, the shoal had gone... They'd eaten all the pre-baiting corn and bread balls and done a runner! A scout about the surrounding 100 yards revealed no fish, had they dispersed or the shoal just moved?
Time to crack on with the barbel challenge then. I worked my way down the river but the barbel seemed just as elusive, I had a few small chublets and the odd little roach but the day wasn't going well.
A phone call from Darren revealed the location of a shoal of big chub (he'd had one of them earlier), I was straight there. And a 3lb 8oz chub first cast saved the day (one of the smaller fish in the group).
Time to relocate the roach shoal... And find a barbel...
Barbel Challenge July 2012: 30lb 15oz | 5 barbel | 6lb 3oz average | 7lb 13oz best