We had intended to fish The Severn after The Wye but it was set to rain all day, the Severn would rapidly become unfishable - so we opted to spend an afternoon/evening on the tiny Blackwater...
We walked a mile stretch, and it looked great - but there is a very low population of barbel and a lot of places for them to hide! So James opted to spend 30 minutes in each likely looking swim...
I'm not one for sitting still, so I opted to freeline meat while barbel spotting with polaroids. And bag a few chub while I was searching - I banked 5 chub, nearly six but a pike nicked one - I'll be back for her!
It look 7 hours to spot a barbel - I launched a cube of meat at her - then it took a further 45 minutes for her to pick up the bait - great fight before an 8lb 0oz Blackwater bar of gold found the net!
I fished on until dark, James stuck at it for a few more hours - but no more fish - the day was mine (he had won The Wye). A new river barbel, number five - hard earned fish in the horrible conditions!
Intimate little swims.
Absolutely pissing down all day.
The chub kept me entertained while searching the river.