Caught a barbel today.

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The "another angler" was me. Never caught one before. Thought it was a massive pike the way it was taking line. At first it was running into open water so I let it go. When it started heading towards the trees on the bank I knew I had to give it more, but I knew my hook was not strong. I had chosen it because it was a snaggy venue and I wanted to be able to straighten it out without bother. I barely managed to keep it from the trees. By this time those in nearby swims had noticed the commotion and one guy had helpfully grabbed his net. It made another run for the trees, snapping my small lure rod in half by which point the net was in position by the trees and it was landed. That was by far the best fight I have ever had. Just ordered an Ugly Stik.
 
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The "another angler" was me. Never caught one before. Thought it was a massive pike the way it was taking line. At first it was running into open water so I let it go. When it started heading towards the trees on the bank I knew I had to give it more, but I knew my hook was not strong. I had chosen it because it was a snaggy venue and I wanted to be able to straighten it out without bother. I barely managed to keep it from the trees. By this time those in nearby swims had noticed the commotion and one guy had helpfully grabbed his net. It made another run for the trees, snapping my small lure rod in half by which point the net was in position by the trees and it was landed. That was by far the best fight I have ever had. Just ordered an Ugly Stik.
I’ve yet to catch my first barbel. If it’s as half as exciting as yours I’ll be a very happy bunny. 😎
 

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They can fight like demons when they go, some years ago I bought a barbel rod just to target them on the Don at Sprotborough ( Doncaster ) put on the obligatory 15lb line and 12lb braid bottom. Something took the bait and the fight ensued. Ten minutes in and with the fish still up for the struggle it decided enough was enough and shot off upstream then changed direction and 180ed the other way, as I lent into it, Pop and the braid snapped. I was gutted . But hey that's part of the fun. Sorry to hear about the rod breaking.
 

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They can fight like demons when they go, some years ago I bought a barbel rod just to target them on the Don at Sprotborough ( Doncaster ) put on the obligatory 15lb line and 12lb braid bottom. Something took the bait and the fight ensued. Ten minutes in and with the fish still up for the struggle it decided enough was enough and shot off upstream then changed direction and 180ed the other way, as I lent into it, Pop and the braid snapped. I was gutted . But hey that's part of the fun. Sorry to hear about the rod breaking.
I don't care about the rod really. It needed replacing anyway. I was just super happy to land the fish. Had a lot of spectators too because it was such a hot day with many people enjoying the river. A fellow angler who hasn't been having much luck but has seen several of my catches since the 16th came over, saw what it was and went "are you taking the ****ing piss??" which I found quite amusing. My fishing since the 16th has been amazing actually. I've caught 6 big chub, that trout and, on my last day of furlough, my first barbel. At 8 1/2lb it makes a pretty happy ending to my furlough fishing days. Back at work now so plenty of time go sort out a more appropriate rod before my next outing.

 
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:whistle:Take a look at the first page of the cost of rods thread before you shop for a new barbel rod - and then don't ask for advice on what to choose.
 

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:whistle:Take a look at the first page of the cost of rods thread before you shop for a new barbel rod - and then don't ask for advice on what to choose.
The Ugly Stik is adequate for what I need I think. An all round rod that can handle a big fish when it needs to. I'm not spending big bucks on specialist barbel gear just so I can watch some dude rock up and catch one on a £1.50 spinner from Decathlon. :cool:

 
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The "another angler" was me. Never caught one before. Thought it was a massive pike the way it was taking line. At first it was running into open water so I let it go. When it started heading towards the trees on the bank I knew I had to give it more, but I knew my hook was not strong. I had chosen it because it was a snaggy venue and I wanted to be able to straighten it out without bother. I barely managed to keep it from the trees. By this time those in nearby swims had noticed the commotion and one guy had helpfully grabbed his net. It made another run for the trees, snapping my small lure rod in half by which point the net was in position by the trees and it was landed. That was by far the best fight I have ever had. Just ordered an Ugly Stik.
What did you catch it on?

I was fishing for barbel a couple of days ago, caught a flippin pike on an 8mm pellet. :D
 

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I caught a couple of pike when barbel fishing years ago on the Witham during a summer flood, that was on luncheon meat, was my best barbel session too.
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Used to fish Iron bridge bait was lunch meat on big float in fast water hundred weight was common back then I used to open tins the day before and leave the meat to dry out we found it stopped on the hooks better with the hard outer skin holding better.
We used to use a dozen tins plus a section never put them in keep net because the spike on dorsel fin would get stuck in net.
Good old days
 

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Used to fish Iron bridge bait was lunch meat on big float in fast water hundred weight was common back then I used to open tins the day before and leave the meat to dry out we found it stopped on the hooks better with the hard outer skin holding better.
We used to use a dozen tins plus a section never put them in keep net because the spike on dorsel fin would get stuck in net.
Good old days
There was a trick where you slipped a blade of grass or similar through the bend in the hook below the cube of meat - made it stay on better. I lived in Wolverhampton and we used to go into town centre day before to a supermarket where we would buy luncheon meat so cheap it was not fit for human consumption :) Then on the first bus of the morning to "Bridge-O". As you say, happy days.
 

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There was a trick where you slipped a blade of grass or similar through the bend in the hook below the cube of meat - made it stay on better. I lived in Wolverhampton and we used to go into town centre day before to a supermarket where we would buy luncheon meat so cheap it was not fit for human consumption :) Then on the first bus of the morning to "Bridge-O". As you say, happy days.
We have a few things available now to keep meat on the hook, Fox Arma Mesh is the best IMO, meat will stay on until you want to change it. :)
 

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We have a few things available now to keep meat on the hook, Fox Arma Mesh is the best IMO, meat will stay on until you want to change it. :)
It's amazing but I'm returning to fishing after 20 plus years and the sport has changed so much. I lived in the Midlands as a kid and in those days if you did not get the first bus down to the Severn in the morning and were not on the bank by 6 am you would struggle to get a spot. Now the river seems almost deserted to me. I now live in Reading and we have the Thames, Kennet and Loddon locally. They all seem pretty quiet. However, the carp lakes seem busy.

Likewise tackle. It seems you can now buy something for every eventuality, even instant setting glue and UV torches as highlighted in my braided loop failure thread.

The other thing I'd say is tackle seems relatively cheaper now than 20 plus years ago......or maybe it's just I'm relatively better off o_O
 

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It's amazing but I'm returning to fishing after 20 plus years and the sport has changed so much. I lived in the Midlands as a kid and in those days if you did not get the first bus down to the Severn in the morning and were not on the bank by 6 am you would struggle to get a spot. Now the river seems almost deserted to me. I now live in Reading and we have the Thames, Kennet and Loddon locally. They all seem pretty quiet. However, the carp lakes seem busy.

Likewise tackle. It seems you can now buy something for every eventuality, even instant setting glue and UV torches as highlighted in my braided loop failure thread.

The other thing I'd say is tackle seems relatively cheaper now than 20 plus years ago......or maybe it's just I'm relatively better off o_O
It has changed a lot since I was a kid, gone are the small tackle shops replaced with tackle warehouses packed to the rafters with just about every brand of gear you can think of. The range of gear available now in mind boggling. The good thing about it is, you can spend very little and still get good gear, or you can go crazy and buy some of the most expensive gear, for eg a rod, depending on the brand, can set you back 30 quid or 500 quid, the same with reels, buy one for under 50 quid or go mad and get one for 300+
 
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