With the barbel on the munch and the chub becoming increasing shy I've been waiting for a storm - perhaps a bit of colour in the water would turn the tables in the chub's favour.
I was going to concentrate on two swims where I've seen chub and barbel recently - the first cast sat out for all of 2 minutes before the rod slammed over - a chub about 3lb - good old dirty water!
I added a few free samples and left the swim to rest while I fished the second swim. Again the cast sat out for about 2 minutes before slamming over - I struck and there was a loud BANG as the rod shattered and the line went slack.
The line pulled tight and I thought I was connected to a small barbel - until I saw a good chub turn in the dirty water - with my heart in my mouth I carefully played the chub in with what was left of the rod and breathed a sigh of relief when she slid over the net.
A fantastic 5lb 2oz chub, my best of the season so far and equalled my best from the river. And after less than 15 minutes of fishing and only 2 casts my session was done.
I'm not too gutted about the rod - the Rovex Lure Pro Quad - I use these in various lengths for about 90% of my fishing, virtually all my chub and barbel fishing, light lure fishing even a livebait or little deadbait.
Light, great action, four piece that makes it really easy to transport on the bus or tube and relatively inexpensive - I buy them and use them to destruction - this one must have landed hundreds of pounds of fish - I'm glad it had a Viking death!!
I've been told if a rat is cornered it will fight. I startled one on the river earlier, it wasn't cornered, it had plenty of escape routes but started running towards me. I stamped my feet and banged the landing net on the floor, but it kept coming. I dropped the rod and started back tracking* but it was after me, I had no choice but to scoop it up in the net.
In the net it started screaming and trying to escape - I catapulted it well down the river - it landed with a splash but was fine and swam to the opposite bank. I had a scout about to see if I was standing near it's babies, but I don't think they are particularly protective.
I have no idea why it ran towards me, was it going to attack? Perhaps it had been poisoned or had rabies or just having a seriously bad day. I was wondering if any other anglers out there in blog-land have had a similar experience? I'd love to know. (Photo from Google).
I didn't have long today but decided to use up the rest of the tin of luncheon meat from yesterday, three barbel going 4lb 4oz, 5lb 2oz and 7lb 14oz. Great stuff!