I have been a bit distracted recently with the quest for a pound-plus roach, and those carp were far too tempting to resist. But I'll be back for a roach when it gets a bit cooler and I've had my fix of carp for the time being - still want to catch one of those Leney(?) carp though...
So this evening Dan and myself returned to the barbel challenge. We fished SB4 and I didn't have to wait long for my first wrap-round bite. It felt like a big fish as it charged around the swim before I caught a glimpse in the shallow water, it definitely looked like a double, then it got stuck fast in a snag.
I tried all of the tricks in the book and just when I was about to give up hope it swam out by itself and continued the fight, soon the net was under a new PB barbel, 10lb 8oz - fantastic!
Dan was next into the action with a bite that very nearly pulled his rod in... And an 8oz barbel! We thought we'd found a shoal, but darkness fell without another proper bite. As it was getting close to home time Dan landed an eel and then on the next cast a cracking 4lb 0oz chub.
Great fishing session... And my second double - brilliant!