On arrival to the car park, my son Jason and I were surprised to see there were no other anglers present.
The plan was to fish the bottom end of the beat and work our way back towards the car park, but as we approached the swim that I managed the barbel from on the opening day I was suddenly drawn to it like a magnet.
This was Jay's first visit to the stretch and on his first sight he said as we walked across the fields "this looks sexy dad", I chuckled to myself and replied "lovely ain't it"
After getting him to crawl army fashion into the swim from the high bank we soon got settled in.
We didn't rush, I poured a cuppa from the flask to share, lit a smoke and proceeded to throw a small amount of baits into the area I intended place the hookbait.
The swim is low to the water with a hole in the reeds so that the rod can be poked through at a nice angle to the watery spot.
Rod was prepared and was soon angling, we'd been sat there probably twenty minutes enjoying the warm sunshine and chucking grass stems at each other when he piped up "you sure there's fish in here".
Again i chuckled and replied "patience boy"
As we were watching a couple of dragonfly's dancing past, the rod quivered a little before taking on a nice curved bite.
"Is it a barbel dad"? (Jays never been with me when I've had a barbus) "don't think so mate" I replied.
Soon we landed what turned out to be a bream of around the 4lb mark, "at least we've had something" he said.
A few more baits were thrown out and left to settle while i re baited the rod and prepared for our second cast.
We didn't have to wait to long before the rod end was trying to leave us, and the strike was met with a bit more resistance.
Jason was soon passing me the net and as the fish hit the surface for the first time, I could see it was a large Chub that would look more at home with a saddle strapped to it's back!
We gave it until 4pm before the flask, juice and cheese sarnies had run out and enough was enough and trotted back to the car happy that we'd wet the net and had a good a good day of it.