First Barbel of the year.


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Apr 21, 2018
Well, not quite.

Fished the river Dove on Friday night. One of my favorite pegs was available but a bit overgrown. (We aren't allowed to cut back trees without permission) So casting was somewhat awkward.

This was the peg 5 years ago.

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After a few hours, in which I had to put up with screaming kids, kids throwing stones, inflatable Kayaks, an inflatable Crocodile float past, people swimming in the next peg. Then to cap it all, this!!


I packed up, and went home.

Saturday came and a first visit the the Trent for a barbel session. Nobody about, and no inflatables. Chose this peg.


A feeder down the middle, boillie cast downstream. Lots of indications on both rods, but no takes. After about three hours, the feeder rod dropped back. It didn't go again, and wouldn't settle, so wound down to it. Fish on! Not much of a fight, thought it could be a Chub. Once close in, it took off. Managed to avoid the near side snags and after a little tussle, landed my first river Trent Barbel of the season. Or did I ??

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4lbs 2oz taken on a G/B feeder and a 15mm Halibut Boilie.

.........And before anyone asks, yes it did go back.