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Old 25-03-2013, 22:36
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On Thursday 28th June 2007, I caught my first ever roach over the magic 2lb mark. At 2lb 10oz, it completely stunned me as I never thought I'd top my previous PB of 1lb 7oz. I honestly never thought, at that time, that neither fishing nor life could surprise me but they did.

What's been your most amazing, surprising session or day?
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On Thursday 28th June 2007, I caught my first ever roach over the magic 2lb mark. At 2lb 10oz, it completely stunned me as I never thought I'd top my previous PB of 1lb 7oz. I honestly never thought, at that time, that neither fishing nor life could surprise me but they did.

What's been your most amazing, surprising session or day?
Hi again dorset......I have several days that stand out in my fishing memory, but then again I suppose I have had a few more than you....alright then, a lot more than you.

I will bring two of those to mind...and the first is a day on the Teme at Stanford Bridge..or is it Stamford Bridge....anyway, I had a proper red letter day there with dozens and dozens of barbel in a beautiful swim......smack bang in the middle of a big shoal of them...

I caught that many I had to retire to the pub for a cold drink mid way through the scorching hot afternoon and my mate carried on in my swim while I was away and he caught 4 while I was having a cold shandy in the pub.

The other day was about 2 years ago when I landed my PB barbel in the Trent ...it weighed 15lb 1 oz....a beast of a fish.

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Maverick,


I've had plenty of days that stand out but what I'm asking is if you had to nominate only one, which one would be your most memorable?

Doesn't have to be one's biggest fish, the day when a kingfisher sat on my rod tip - that would be in my top ten but if I could carry only one memory, it would be that roach - size wise, it simply blew me away!!

Much as your 15lb barbel would have done, if I'd been there.

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Last year. (first year back after years and years away.) On the match canal at manor fisheries beds.

Sounds daft but when i was a kid all i ever wanted to.do was sit on a conti style box with a pole and have a busy days fishing. (Only ever got old garden chair and fibreglass rod!!!) And that day i finally achieved it. Had several carp, loads of roach and bream. So, that day i achieved a childhood dream.

Daft i know, but to me, simply perfect.

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Welcome back, Bazza.


That's what it's all about. Sheer enjoyment. Glad you found it.
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Had so many over the years it is impossible to pick any one in particular. know if the question had been what was your worse day that would have been easy.
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Maverick,


I've had plenty of days that stand out but what I'm asking is if you had to nominate only one, which one would be your most memorable?

Doesn't have to be one's biggest fish, the day when a kingfisher sat on my rod tip - that would be in my top ten but if I could carry only one memory, it would be that roach - size wise, it simply blew me away!!

Much as your 15lb barbel would have done, if I'd been there.

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Gotcha dorset.......right, that amazing day would be when me, my wife, my daughter and son in law plus my grandaughter...went fishing to a place on an old estate near Chesterfield and I can't remember the name.

However, it was a beautiful summers day and we took a picnic ( it wasn't a proper fishing session-just took the basics really) we sat on the well looked after grassy banks and had a great day. To finish it off....I caught a carp around 10lb or so and when my grandaughter saw it ...her face was an absolute picture.

A golden day in my life.......

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Fly fishing in the sea near the Dyssini estuary in North Wales. Bright day, offshore breeze, calm conditions and the tide just starting to flood across a jumbled reef of rocks, kelp and barnacles. The tide started running so strongly that it was like fishing a river. I cast out straight toward the horizon and by the end of the retrieve the line was parallel to the shore. At this point I should add that I was up to my backside about 50yds from shore and having to retreat with the advancing tide for fear of being pushed over and swept away.

After a few casts with a sinking sandeel pattern there was a disturbance around 25yds away as hundreds of baitfish broke the surface being pursued by bass. I changed my fly to an American popping pattern called Hot Lips and cast out through the disturbance.

I could clearly see the fly, fussing and popping as I made a fast, jerky retrieve. Just after pulling through the shoal of baitfish the sea erupted as a bass hammered into the fly and the rod was almost pulled out of my hand. After a fight lasting a couple of minutes a 3.75lb bass was in the net!

I had every intention of keeping my catch so it was duly dispatched and put in my line-tray. Next cast - wallop and a 2.5lb bass followed it. Third cast, the by-now expected, explosive take produced a bigger fish and it fought like a demon, forcing me to back, carefully, towards the shore and play it out in knee-depth water. This one went 4.75lbs and, having no more room in my line-tray and some regard to conservation, I kept it and decided to call it a day.

My golden day's fishing had lasted just over an hour, but what an hour! Not enjoyed a fishing trip more, before or since.

Sorry it wasn't a coarse-fishing story!
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Welcome back, Bazza.

That's what it's all about. Sheer enjoyment. Glad you found it.
Thank you very much bud. Can't beat it.
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Mine was the very first Barbel that I caught back in 1975. I remember it as if it were yesterday, it was only 5lb 8oz and I caught it on 8lb Silcast line tied direct to a size 4 Drennan Specialist hook and using a 5 swanshot link leger and using a Richard Walker B.James & Son MKIV Carp rod and a Mitchell 300 reel, using luncheon meat for bait, and the venue was the Kennet at Thatcham on a warm damp evening in July.

I can still remember feeling the bite through my finger on my line and the rod almost being wrenched from my hand, and my mate Budgy saying "It's only a small one but if you are lucky you'll catch a bigger one later" (which I did, but I can't remember very much about that one; other than it weighed 8lb something).

I must have caught well over a thousand Barbel over the years since then but I doubt if I can remember much about individual fish (other than one or two of my PB's) but I don't think I'll ever forget my very first Barbel from over 37 years ago.

Another evening that stands out in my memory was the first time I heard nearly every Barbel in the river grunting upside down feeding on insects emerging on the surface and on the undersides of the streamer weed on a warm sultry summer's evening. I remember thinking that that was probably the reason why they were called freshwater pigs, as it sounded just like a piggery
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