This was one of those trips where it could have been hurricane force winds and 5ft of snow and I still would have ventured out, I had one of those feelings that something special was going to happen, call it intuition or just a lucky guess, I was going to make that journey regardless, out of bed at a smidgen past 6am and on the river for a little past 7, the river has risen way up on it's usual winter level and was carrying so much colour for that spells a blank in my books, I didn't realise it had pissed down all night and was raining most of the time that I was out too, my tactic was to bait and wait, not my cup of tea at all but in these condition's it does work.
|My flood water Barbel rig for today, yes Stuart, Boilies!|
In the famous words of John Wilson....."Well I never"......well I had no idea that the fish that prized me out of my bed so early in the morning would be this special, I am so lucky, so so lucky. When I finally netted my Barbel I gave Stu a ring to see if he fancied a journey out to take some photo's and he very kindly obliged.
When Stu arrived we weighed her and took a few photo's to savour the moment, a special moment.
13lb 12oz was the magic number. What a specimen Barbel.
That Barbel was the second biggest of all time, it still hasn't sunk in, boilies pfft, stick with proper baits guys.
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Cheers Monty, a belter, a big fish for sure, just very humbled to have caught it.Delete
Breathless. Great fishing writing — as if committed to pen right after the moment of success. I was there with you... exciting and terrific stuff mate!ReplyDelete
Cheers Mr Hatt, the entire scenario is just on playback, can't get it out my head at the moment, a top quality Barbel in crap conditions, on 6lb line on the pin it was such good fun but I was on the edge the whole time until she cruised into the net, what a relief.Delete
If the roach wasnt enough that fish, especially considering the conditions, is awesome and trotting as well - finishing off the year in style.ReplyDelete
The Roach would have been enough, I'm not greedy and certainly didn't expect to catch that lump of a barbel, what's up next?? A 20lb Pike?, the way my luck is going it may well happen.Delete
Wouldn't of got outof my bed for a chub mate!ReplyDelete
What a lump and awesome fishing mate !
Nowt wrong with a boilie or pellet lol
Stu, I appreciate you coming out to take them pictures, you did a cracking job, I owe you one mate! ps the boilies did nout for over an hour, I go and do 3 trots and hook a large Barbel, trotting all the way.Delete
Stonking barbel and taken trotting on the pin in these conditions superb angling.ReplyDelete
Cheers Mark, I enjoyed that so much, that particular pin has never been abused that much, I was shaking like a leaf when I saw it roll, last season I lost two double figure Barbel one of which was a big fish (12lb) roughly, if I had lost that fish I would have been distraught, so am so glad it was banked and had the opportunity to marvel it. Very impressive, it's in the top 3 captures of the season.Delete
James, you're certainly on a bit of purple patch at the minute. That's a stonker of a Barbel and on the pin too, no better way in my opinion. Great fishing.ReplyDelete
Cheers Mick, the purple patch won't last for long so I'll enjoy it whilst it lasts!ReplyDelete