Arch, I could have created this exact thread. In fact I had to double check I hadn't, thought perhaps I might have started it whilst in a sub-conscious state,
Me and a good mate have been fishing the River Dove now for four years plus. We haven'y exactly hammered it but with the time that we have put in, we both feel we should have at least deserved to have caught a half decent whiskers between us.....but it doesn't work like that sometimes.
I can count on one hand how many Barbel we have caught, the biggest was about six and a half pound.
We are aiming for the bigger fish to be honest, so it's normally at least 12lb mainline, 8-10lb hook-links. Darn't go any lighter because if and when I do connect, I want to be able to bully it away from the snags that are prevalent in the stretches we fish.
The Dove can be a heart and soul breaker to fish, but we know the big girls are in there, that's what keeps us going back.
The one thing that keeps popping up in conversation with the other anglers we meet on the bank is that the best times are during the hours of darkness.
Neither of us night fish anymore but we try and fish at least an hour into the night.
In the meantime we have caught some dream Chub. I have broken my PB three times in two seasons. The current being 6lb 1oz.