Meanwhile, after a few swim changes Mike managed to slip the net under three cracking barbel to a best of 8lb 8oz. With the extra water and chocolate brown colour of the river, we all chose to fish larger smellie baits, with 15mm Dynamite Crave boilies wrapped in matching paste proving the most successful hookbait. Unfortunately however, try as we might, getting my last friend Rob Winkworth his first barbel proved mission impossible and aside from a few chub too my rods, our swims failed to produce any barbel.
Back home I was pleased for everyone who had caught their firsts, but I was gutted for Rob who unfortunately didn’t managed to land his first barbel. The decision was then made to have another crack at catching him one and we decided on a trip to the Tidal Trent.