I had been to this small remote overgrown place where the stream averaged no more than around 6 or 7ft wide and averaged around 2 to 4ft deep back in June but had not had a rod with me then so I hadn't had a chance to cast a line there before.
I only had two to three hours before I had to leave and it was just a spur of the moment thing and I didn't expect to catch much over around one or two pounds in weight if I was very lucky but I'd been promising myself that I would give it a go sometime.
I was quite surprised when my rod tip bent right round within a few minutes of lowering my bait just downstream of a small bend, and as I was lying on my stomach in a small gap in the undergrowth it was quite a scramble to get into a position enabling me to play and land the fish (which felt like a barbel) that had taken my bait.
It turned out to be a nice barbel of exactly 5lb which although it wasn't big as far as barbel go was a lot bigger than I had expected from such a small overgrown stream such as this.
I had to wait well over an hour for another bite which turned out to be another similar sized barbel which was a little bigger; at just over 6lb.
Nothing huge I know; but finding fish like this on a tiny and remote section of overgrown stream was a nice surprise and very enjoyable.
These are the two beards that I managed to catch:
Edited by BoldBear, 02 October 2017 - 02:43 PM.