I hadn't done battle with a barbel since September 1985, although I have made a few
|Our first Barbel from The R. Severn - modest, but very welcome!|
I "blanked" (as usual) - nothing more than a few "liners" caused by floating weed hitting the line and "pinging free"? It's strange how much more you can read into a movement of the rod tip when desperate for a bite!
|5lbs 14oz of River Severn excitement. |
With this array of fins, and the streamlined body, is it any wonder that they fight so hard?
The "Grice & Young" Avon Royale centrepin is purely for decoration - this fish came on a bait-runner!
|My swim, on the first evening, with my rods mounted on a single rod-rest fitted with a buzzer bar and two Optonics.|
It is not too far removed from the techniques used by the sea anglers who fish Deal Pier.
|A male Banded Demoiselle enjoying the sunshine|
Benno didn't take much persuading to pack it in and adjourn to the "River & Rail" for lunch - superb food and venue; highly recommended if you are ever in the vicinity.
A power nap, in the van, then back to the river - match over, we were able to get back to the swim where Benno had taken his fish on the previous evening. We were 100% confident with our methods and tackle, yet it still required the fish to give their seal of approval. As the clock ticked on I have to admit that I was beginning to doubt our approach.
|Not much to look at? It was a magical experience - 28 years since my last one!|
We were now almost 24hrs into the session and felt confident that more fish would be taken, as dusk approached. I switched to a single rod, my downstream efforts being hampered by some hefty snags. I felt it would be prudent to concentrate on a single rod. It wasn't long before the rod tip slammed over and I was into fish number two. A magnificent battle ensued before I was able to draw a chunky fish into the waiting net, Benno once again on hand.
|7lbs 9oz of hard fighting River Severn Barbel - happy days!|
|Evelyn Seren Vaughan - 01.07.2013|
Welcome to our family.
Sarah-Jayne, my daughter, thus Benno's sister, had gone into labour and at 02.30hrs (just as we were getting back home) gave birth to the latest edition to the clan. Does it get any better? Icing on the cake indeed.