I’m very lucky to have access to barbel a short distance away, not monsters, they are not going to set the angling world on fire - but the occasional double and pound for pound the best fight in British water.
When I could string a few hours together I’d grab the (ready packed) kit and head out for a wander. They have wised up to rolling meat, so now it’s a variety of techniques & bait - much more fun!
I popped out for a barbel wander 40 times last season, short sessions averaging about 2 or 3 hours - it’s just great to be on the riverbank. And I ended up with 132 barbel to 10lb 9oz - bloody lovely!