Ill never forget my very first Barbel even though it was only 5½lbs; I was using 8lb Silcast line and a size 4 Specimen hook on a B.James & Son Richard Walker MK IV Carp rod and a Mitchell 300 reel and I was touch legering on a hot but slightly overcast summers evening, and using a tin of Tulip luncheonmeat.
I caught another Barbel later that same evening, but I dont remember a lot about that one other than it was just over 8lb in weight, but I remember catching my very first Barbel as clearly as if it were yesterday. I can even remember feeling the gravel through my fingers and feeling the streamer weed rubbing against my line before I had the rod almost torn from my hand, and I was hooked on Barbel from that moment on.
My mate (budgy) had taken me to the river Kennet with the aim of me catching my very first Barbel and was standing next to me and teaching me how to touch leger for them and where I should cast and why etc. and he had lent me the rod and reel because my own gear was simply not up to it back in those days.
I can even hear his voice telling me to gently raise my rod tip every minute or so to get my bait trundling downstream for a couple of feet before stopping again.
think that this was my very first Barbel which I caught that evening way back in 1975.
Unfortunately there are no guest tickets on the stream/river where I currently fish for Barbel Tigger. Its a real shame we dont live closer as we both love fishing for Barbel on streams & smallish rivers and using centrepins for trotting.
Edited by BoldBear, 18 July 2019 - 08:06 PM.