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Session of a lifetime for Deano

November 21, 2017

Session of a lifetime for Deano

As soon as the clocks go back I normally find myself putting the carp  sticks away and getting all my chub and barbel gear ready for the  winter campaign. Due to a few work commitments I was a couple of weeks  late to dust the river gear off this year but as it turns out, It was  probably a blessing in disguise!

My plan was to stick to my usual local venues for short sessions but  when time allowed, venture a little further afield and do more time on  some of the UK’s slightly bigger river, the Wye and a relatively new  venue for me and the venue for my first adventure, the Trent.

Armed with my every faithful Hinders Barbel Bomb and boilie, I knew the bait wouldn’t let me down, I just needed to get the location right and learn how to deal with such a powerful and daunting river where an 8oz lead can easily be swallowed if the river is moody. 

It’s a 360 mile round trip for me so quick sessions just aren’t the  ones. I would only be doing the journey when I had at least 2 nights to  commit to. As this was my first trip I had 3 nights at my disposal and  my aim was to fish at least 2, possibly 3 different areas of the river  to build up some much needed knowledge. The first day was spent doing  much more walking than fishing and after settling on an area that  screamed fish I just about managed to get the rods sorted before dark.  That night I managed 3 fish. The first was a barbel of about 7lb that
interrupted my ham and cheese toastie, the second was a MEGA chub of  6lb 14oz, which for any river in the country is a beast of a fish and  made the trip a success already and then at around midnight I was up  recasting the rods when instantly the downstream rod on a running lead  and a paste wrapped boilie went round with a bloody big river bream
of about 8lb…got to say, I thought it was another big chub the way it  was hanging on!

The second night I found myself in another area of the river that had a  reputation of doing some very good fish and I know this would be my  best chance of nicking a few. Again the day was spent looking, prepping  the swim and generally messing around. The rods were all sorted and in  by dusk and as I settled down to a chicken wing and burger with a few  friends the tip slammed round and the line fell slack. I wound down to  what was obviously a good and heavy fish that started to head upstream  and held bottom. The fight wasn’t heart stopping like the hit and hold  battles on the smaller rivers but it was really cool wading out in the  night and watching a beasty of a barbel refuse to come to the net under  the light of my head torch. Patience paid off in the end and I slipped  the net under my first double from the river. At 14lb 1oz it was way more  than I had dared to hope for but I wasn’t going to complain.

Once  weighed and the pics were done I recast the rod and within 5 minutes  its was away again. I once again waded out to net the powerful fish and  almost embarrassingly turn to my pals and said, “its another kipper  boy”! I wandered back to the bank and as I handed the net to one of the  lads to hold as I sorted myself and out the other rod was away. Again  this felt like a decent fish so once again I found myself out in the  dark up to my frozen bits, with 12 foot of buckled carbon in my armed  and an angry barbel on the other end.  With cries from the bank like  “don’t tell us its another double”, I turned round and looked at them  with a massive grin on my face and said, “chaps, its another biggun”!  So having just slipped back a 14lb 1oz I now found myself standing in the  edge of the river with a net in each hand and a 14lb 4oz in each net. None  of us could quite believe the shear jammyness of what had just
happened. Taking the greatest of care we all got stuck in, one holding  the nets, one on the mat, one on the camera and me holding the fish. It  was a 30 minute spell of angling that I'll never forget and probably  never repeat.

The following night had a lot to live up to and as bite time came  around I had another 2 barbel weighing 12lb and 12lb 10oz! The stamp of  fish that I had of the trip was MEGA in every sense of the word.

Deano



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