Had a few hours on my local stream on Thursday from around 2pm till 5pm and with the temperature in the car giving a reading of 15c outside it was looking very promising.
When I got there about 1:45pm there were around 15 cars in the car park which meant that all of the best swims would be taken (damn & blast)
To compound matters; the stream was very clear and shallow and after talking to a couple of anglers there it seemed that there had been very little caught, even in the choicest swims (more damn & blasts)
It was looking like it could be hard and Chub could be the only fish I caught today (If I was Lucky) so I decided not to use a hair and fish a smallish cylinder of spicey Luncheonmeat mounted directly on the hook.
Below is a picture of the swim that I decided to fish which at least had some flow near the far bank which ran down to a small overhanging branch.
After around half an hour I did have a barbel-like pull round but it didn’t connect with a fish, then my swim was invaded by no less than 14 ducks all searching for something to eat on the bottom;
Then one of them found my bait in the shallow clear water and grabbed hold of it; so I had to wind the duck in and free the hook from its tongue and release it. Luckily it swam off downstream with the other 13 ducks following along behind.
Just as I was thinking I had scared any fish out of my swim, my rod tip pulled round and I had a small Barbel of around a pound (see pic); and I thought to myself ‘at least I’ve not blanked completely’ LOL.
I didn’t have anything else until it started to get dark; then everything changed and I had four Barbel one after another (see pics below) before I had to finally pack up a little early when I snagged my hook on a sunken branch.
The Barbel I had were not huge with the largest being between 5lb and 6lb but it had turned out to be an enjoyable three hours after all.