Chemotherapy is hard. Took about 3 or 4 days to hit me, in which time it lured me into a false sense of security - could I be one of the very few who don't react badly? Then BAM - you feel absolutely f*cked for three or four days! About as bad as I've ever felt - not surprisingly for a treatment that's based on the deadly Mustard Gas!
Over a week after being poisoned (and with new anti-sick meds), I needed to escape to the riverbank. Nothing breaking the mold - just needed to chase some barbel about - the simple things! And it was great watching them in the clear water and tempting them into hitting a bit of bread - just what the doctor ordered!
Twelve little barbel found the net before I had to dump the gear off and head for radiotherapy. Best two just over 5lb - but I did spot a couple of barbel about 7 or 8lb. And as I haven't set a summer challenge yet, I think that's it; A 7lb+ Small River Barbel - I hope there are a few that size left... And bigger...
Finally got the biopsy results on the second cancer - and it's negative - thank f*ck!! I don't normally worry about stuff - but over a week waiting for those results was starting to play on my mind!
Started chemo & radiotherapy (on the same day) - not nice at all - and I realise the effects are cumulative. Currently feels like a mild hangover, so I'd better get some fishing in before it gets worse...
An afternoon wandering about on the small river; 24 barbel to about 4lb (but mostly tiny), 8 chub to about 3lb and a surprise roach about a pound - got my money's worth out of that loaf of bread!
I didn't think I'd get to fish much, if at all this summer - so I've ducked out whenever I can string a few hours together, especially while I'm on the River Wye. Six weeks of chemo/radiotheraphy will probably keep me off the riverbank - so making hay while the sun shines!!
An evening session, almost three hours until dark and rolling meat again - they do like a moving bait. Great fun and 4 barbel landed, plus two chub and another 2lb+ eel, before an otter spooked the shoal. Back home for tea and medals!! (8 July)
The River Wye, Swan-Shit Island, my favourite summer barbel spot and... Actually I'll start in London; Last week I had a planning scan for my radiotherapy - and it *might* have shown up more cancer - CRAP - I need another 'emergency' scan before we can continue... but that scan isn't for a week... to The Wye...
Swan-Shit Island, my favourite summer barbel spot and there is no evidence that anyone else is fishing it. Very odd as it looks perfect; shallow, fast and lots of cover. It's a long walk and getting onto the island is a pain - but so worth the effort - perhaps it's just been forgotten about - great news for me!
Rolled luncheon meat was the starting method (with some static ledgering later) - and the first 4 casts produced two chub followed by two barbel - it set the tone for the day! A cracking session - landing 14 barbel, the best two going 8lb 4oz and 8lb 1oz. Plus a back-up 14 chub and two eels... What a fantastic day!