A catch from within the shadows

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Chevin Chaser
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A catch from within the shadows

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Last night's rain had certainly freshened things up. Down here in the south, people, like myself are starting to forget what rain looks and feels like. We still need a lot more of it that's for sure. Where I scouted for a fish this morning was rich with fauna and flora, and I bet they all appreciated a little water. 🌧️

Jungle warfare fishing is very risky, you're gambling a long wait that could potentially end in seconds, especially when fishing for chub or barbel. It is heart racing stuff, dramatic, challenging and sometimes rewarding.

So here I am, nestled in the verdant woodland right in the thick of it, knowing a decent fish may be in the shadows. Almost an hour later, I felt two sharp plucks on my finger which was followed up by keen strike, and the cane instantly went into a full hoop. That unmistakable, lunge and sheer acceleration for freedom from a barbel was identified in an instant.

Now man v beast, it was game on. By not giving a fish too much freedom can be quite intimidating, after all barbel have the advantage, they're schooled to escape, but it has to be done or they'll lead you down a devious route and truly stuff you up, making you feel a little impassioned!

Allowing the cane to work the fish into a tired state, and as best as I could, hold it back from cover, my gamble eventually paid off with a cracking barbel in the net.

Any Gt Ouse barbel is always going to be a special catch, and from what I have witnessed of late in person, some fine young barbel are now amongst our waters. I have my fingers crossed for them that in years to come they safely grow into mighty torpedoes 🀞🎣
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Paul F
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Glad to hear you have enough water in the ouse to finally get out, and bag a cracking barbel, well done πŸ‘

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Great stuff, as always. Well done.
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That is a lovely looking fish, well done! Just out of interest did you weigh it? :Hat:
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Chevin Chaser
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Re: A catch from within the shadows

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Thanks Fredline πŸ‘

Paul, I walked my dogs the following the day along that same part of the river and it had dropped three inches! I haven't been back since to check, I know it's not fished at all there, but I'll keep an eye on the levels this week into next.

Lea, thank you. I did weight it and it was a double figure fish, not a scratch on it or scale out of place. πŸ‘
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Well done Vito, your patience paid off once again. Lovely looking fish.

Wal.

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Excellent fishing and an even better write up, thoroughly enjoyed it

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Great fishing and write up!
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A superb fish,well done

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A belting Barbel,well done that man. :Hat:

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