A couple of hours down the river this evening, trying to crack the challenge before the cold weather arrives tomorrow. And it was like fishing in leaf soup, so much rubbish was collecting on the lines it made things very tricky.
Dan's first cast managed to sit out for about 20 minutes before he had a rod ripping bite, a great fight to start with, then the fish seemed to give up when it got near the net... But it was the fish we were after, the one to tip us over 300lb for the season.
We weighed it, shook the scales and weighed it again, 9lb 15oz just one ounce off being a double, but Dan was still delighted.
The Barbel Challenge 2012 was cracked. Time for champaign - or in this case a couple of pints - brilliant!
Barbel Challenge October 2012: 22lb 5oz | 3 barbel | 7lb 7oz average | 9lb 15oz best