Out on the river for a second day, similar conditions as yesterday but the river was falling.
15 minutes after the first cast Mick was in, the fish weeded itself on the now submerged bank side vegetation but after some steady pressure it swam out.
3 hours later and a move further downstream it was my turn. A vicious take that almost took the rod into the river, and good scrap but hard work netting the fish on the steep, slippery banks
A good end to the season for us both, given the conditions and the lack of fish showing recently we weren’t expecting much.
Neither of us usually target barbel at the back end of the season, preferring to fish for chub or pike but given recent river conditions we didn’t have much of a choice.
After a quick check of my diaries, today’s barbel took my total for the season to 30, a nice way to sign off from the rivers for a while.