Perhaps inspired by the Bloggers Challenge or my own Specimen Challenge I popped out for a few hours eel fishing yesterday evening - first time in years I've deliberately targeted eels!
Fishing a ledgered thin slice of luncheon meat in a few weirs and holes I thought I'd get a few on the scoreboard before trying to work out how to target the bigger ones - 3lb plus is the target.
But it's an old photo above, I couldn't find one, or they just weren't feeding - I had a chub and three barbel; 4lb, 6lb 8oz and 8lb 9oz - makes a change eel fishing and getting plagued by barbel... Love it!
You can feel it build and fade daily - it hasn't broken yet - but I have a feeling it's going to be thunder and lightning and lots and lots of rain. I'm hoping it's tropical and I'm watching from a pub!
The rivers really need some water but I thought I'd take advantage of the low, clear water and go barbel spotting. They are easy to spot but getting wise - about 90% avoid the bait or spit it out so quickly you don't stand a chance.
Beautiful afternoon in the sunshine and I managed seven barbel to 7lb 2oz plus a few chub. I also spotted a few carp which are now on the target list. Roll on the storm...