This fish came from the same swim as my first barbel, from the R. Stour, and put up a fantastic scrap on my 12' "Specialist Barbel" rods and ABU Cardinal 66X (12lbs b.s, line & size 10 Korda widegape hook). I have come up with a ruse to minimalize the eel interference - so far, so good. I still am using 18mm halibut pellets but fishing them over a bed of hemp and sweetcorn. Stroke of genius, or plain lucky? - only time will tell!
|This old warrier is showing a few battle scars. The lower tail lobe is damaged and there is a fresh|
sore on the flank, just above my left hand.
A magnificent fish, all the same, and one that I'm very happy to have captured.
|Benno, complete with chest waders, ensuring that my fish gets safely back into its watery home.|