Well this one has been a long time coming! I am sorry to those of you who have been checking in for my updates and found a blank page. I have been fairly (and squarely) tied-up for the last while with the imminent arrival of our baby, and then he has arrived, at 8lb not a bad weight!! But the house and all within have been well and truly taken up with gaga and googoo. A massive “WELL DONE” to my incredible wife who manages to juggle so much!
So here goes;
The next session I had was on the wild Wye and – with only a few days left of the season – a bite would be nice!! It was very tough going , but just before dark the bite arrived and a fish of 6lb ish was in the net after a very spirited campaign towards some underwater snags. The day had been a perfect Wye day and with a baby of around a pound to follow the last, two Barbel was the outcome.
Congratulations to my great mate Mark, on landing his Severn P.B just 2 days before the end of the season. It was a cracker, and no doubt, worth losing those leads for! Nice one mate, I still say I really am your lucky charm!!!
For my final trip of the season I was back on the Avon and trying for another bite and fight to finish the season with….I set off very early on the morning of the 14th Mar,with the intention of going until lunchtime(ish). As the Dawn chorus was just beginning to head towards a crechendo my rod plunged under the surface of the clear river, and this could only be one fish….A fine specimen of 7.5lb.
Pleased with this fish on the dawn of the last day, I moved on to another swim and hardly waited a few minutes before the rod was doing the same dance to the birdsong! The next fish was slightly bigger and – as it turned out – my last of the season. The sun came up and burned brightly and lots of anglers started to arrive as I decied to call “time” on quite a challenging season.
I hope you all fared well, and had a pleasing end to your season too, and look forward to the coming season with great anticipation…..
My next diary entry (next week), will be all about my close season rambling and the new fish I have found, and of the Barbel Society meeting last week.