Well I had my final evening on the Ribble on the 13th. Turned out to be a more modest affair with no barbel caught. A few small chub and loads of plucks on the line. At first I was fishing bigger baits for the barbel but my closer rod was getting hammered with sharp bites and I suspected that it was being attacked by small chub so I decided to change my tactics on that rod. I only had hard baits with me so opted to use a 10mm boilie which was hooked directly with lots of the hook showing and continued to feed mixed coarse and halibut pellets in pva mesh.
The tactic began to pay off as I landed some small chub but then to my surprise it was the rod with the large bait (2x16mm boilies) which went next. I lifted into the fish and didnt feel much of a fight but there was a definite jagged nature to the pull of the fish. I didnt suspect chub as it just didnt feel like one but I wasnt sure what else it could have been. I played the fish in and slipped the net under it and was surprised to see a very silver fish. Being dark it took me a moment to realise that it was in fact a big roach! It looked huge compared to many of the roach I had caught this year. I unhooked it and weighed it. Just shy of 2lbs. It must have had a hell of a hunger to try to wolf down 2x16mm boilies. I was quite impressed
I slipped the fish back and continued fishing only for my closer rod to go this time. Again it was a very snappy series of bites followed by a characteristic jagged run pattern. I didnt think I could be lucky enough to get another big roach but as I slid the net under it I saw another bright silver flank albeit a bit more of a weathered old soul. I weighed it as it looked a lump and again it was a shade under 2lbs! What a run of fishing I have had in the last few sessions. Pb pike, pb barbel and pb roach in the last 3 sessions. Someone is definitely shining down on me!