A day on the local river today in search of some barbel and hopefully a decent chub or two. Rolling meat and a mobile approach was the technique, and it wasn't long before I found some barbel.
I got a few barbel on the books (five) then went in search of chub, landing quite a few of them, in fact I lost count, the best going 4lb 2oz
above and 3lb 10oz
After my five barbel morning I had taken my season total up to 45 - time for a wander about looking for a few more - hopefully some bigger ones, perhaps even a double.
I didn't find a double, instead I bumped into a few mates spread over the river, I like fishing on my own but sometimes it's great to fish with a group.
Stu, Richard, James and myself put the world to rights and talked all things fishing. And it probably looked a bit daft, 4 anglers crammed into swims just big enough for one...
Fishing took a back seat, mostly one person fishing while the other three had a laugh - but I did manage the 5 more barbel I needed to make 50! A great day's fishing!!
The barbel went 1½lb, 4lb, 5½lb, 5lb, 5½lb, 6lb 7oz (above), 7lb 7oz
(below), 3½lb, 2½lb and 2lb for the records. Season total: 50 barbel, 191lb 11oz - not bad for 6 trips.