Have you given up fishing? Read the text from James (My Fishing Captures) earlier this week, a question that has been reflected in some of the comments this season.
The answer is no - I just haven't been! The summer is all but over and I've hardly wet a line by my standards. I was pretty lucky with work over the last two seasons, deadlines were fairly flexible and fitted around my fishing - this year it's nose to the grindstone!
Barbel stats this year verses last (by 8th September)
2012 - 28 barbel (incl. 3 doubles)
2013 - 2 barbel (to 7lb 13oz)
Dan and I hit the river yesterday, just for a couple of hours, but without any time on the water it was a quick chuck it and chance it mission - which just resulted in a mitten crab!
My hope to save the season is coming up - pike! Another harsh winter is predicted but I don't mind the cold weather as long as it's not flooded or frozen. I've got my eye on the Thames, a couple of lakes and the Wye...