It's been 5 weeks since I last posted? Must mean I've been out a lot? Not quite is the honest answer.
I have been out for Roach, nothing to report of note, then went out for Dace and caught a couple of spritely Barbel but not my target at the time, so again nothing of note and that concludes my fishing for the year up to Thursday last week where I was due to embark on another tour of the North-West, my Barbel Quest was hopefully going to have some life breathed back into it as my only Barbel of note came off the Kennet at the start of 2023.
In fairness I haven't had much time go fishing as work and family have dominated proceedings, this to is likely to be my last hurrah of the season too unless I can engineer a 2-dayer somewhere on the south coast or opt to get my backside handed to me again on the R.Loddon. The first river in mind was the R.Tame up near Manchester. This is a river I have visited earlier this season where I had a good return of 8 Barbel to 8lb 11oz.
|Best from my first visit.|
I set off at 2230 with the view to arriving on the river at 0200 but the endless roadworks meant I didn't get fishing until 0300, with a good 4 hours of darkness still I made a bee-line for the peg I did well in in August, unfortunately it seemed nothing was home as the tip stayed motionless. Around 1100 I packed away the static gear and set off rolling meat to try and search out the Barbel, many rolls through many great looking swims without as much as a tap, it seemed absolutely lifeless and as the hours ticked by the picture being painted looked even bleaker, the first night drew to a close at 2100 as I had now been awake for 42hrs and needed a sleep, for the two days I planned to be on the R.Tame I was staying with my mate Jerry where we chewed the fat for two nights and got some much needed sleep.
|Amazing how baron it looks in winter.|
|7lb 2oz, not the biggest but it'll do.|
|A big boy river!|
Roll on the good times then - there’s got to be double number 19 waiting for you before the season ends… Fingers crossed!ReplyDelete
18 different river doubles, when you think about it Brian, what an amazing achievement from James thus far and still plenty to go at. Puts my own angling to shame really, as I rarely travel more than 20 miles to fish :) maybe I should change that in the new season !!Delete
I sure hope so, conditions leading up to the end of the season don't look great, less than 3 weeks left of the season, we shall see!Delete
When you think about Mick it is insane already! caught be many anglers that have done that, the bigger picture is starting to take shape. I just need time and some luck along the way!Delete
"In it to win it", "Rough with the smooth", and all those other clichés that just make you feel worse instead of better!!ReplyDelete
Yes, thats certainly true across all fishing. The distances covered and time devoted to these sorts of outings is enormous, when it doesn't happen for you / me it is a set back, question is, can I bounce back quickly and get to the halfway mark of 20 before March 15th?Delete