My very first barbel

Having only fished my local ponds for mixed catches and carp, I decided to give the rivers a go which to me were quite intimidating.

I read your river bible section in this month's IYCF and got to work.

The one fish I have always wanted to catch was the beautiful barbel and on my very first barbel session I managed to catch a perfect 9lb 12oz stunner.

It was by far my best ever day's fishing, probably never to be beaten. What a clonker!