Saturday, 21 December 2013

Fortune Favour's the Idiotic.


 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!
 It was well over an hour of fishing in the same spot and no knocks I thought a change would be good, there was so much debris coming down the river it was causing problems with my bare hook as it kept snagging up on the bottom and also leaves and branches pulling my bait out of position I had had enough, over to the float and put the centrepin to good use for some trotting, I set the float around 6'' over depth so the bait would bounce along the bottom to try and coheres something into feeding, two trots nothing, the third trot down the same happened until it reached the middle of the run and the float stood up and then double backed and headed towards the bank I was fishing, wasting no time I struck and my 2 1/2lb TC rod slammed over, doubled in fact and she rolled on the surface thus briefly showing herself, I became a shivering wreck in a matter of seconds, the fight that ensued made my forearms ache for half an hour after she succumbed, the best fight off a Barbel in a long time, my centrepin was stripping of line on the ratchet so quickly I grabbed the net as I ran down the bank to catch her up, the surge of power is a truly humbling experience, a bloody fish can do that to you. Truly immense indeed.

 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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    1. Cheers Monty, a belter, a big fish for sure, just very humbled to have caught it.

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  2. 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!

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    1. 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.

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  3. If the roach wasnt enough that fish, especially considering the conditions, is awesome and trotting as well - finishing off the year in style.

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    1. 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.

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  4. Wouldn't of got outof my bed for a chub mate!
    What a lump and awesome fishing mate !
    Nowt wrong with a boilie or pellet lol

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    1. 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.

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  5. Stonking barbel and taken trotting on the pin in these conditions superb angling.

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    1. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. Cheers Mick, the purple patch won't last for long so I'll enjoy it whilst it lasts!

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