News re­porter Ian Jones’ tackle tor­ment on the Nene

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

AF­TER spend­ing nearly £300 on a brand new bar­bel out­fit I couldn’t wait to get down to my lo­cal stretch of the River Nene to put it to the test.

Upon reach­ing the river I baited a few swims and set­tled next to a promis­ing over­hang­ing tree. Af­ter two hours of fish­ing I landed two chub to 4lb and my new Shi­mano Baitrun­ner reel had worked an ab­so­lute treat – peel­ing line off the spool af­ter each bite.

Dusk ap­proached but there were no more bites… or so I thought. As I was pack­ing away my cat­a­pult I felt some­thing brush my leg and turned to find that my rod was nowhere to be seen! Look­ing down the bank I could see it half-in, half-out of the wa­ter but out of reach, and it was then that the bar­bel bolted off, tak­ing my gear fur­ther un­der the tree.

In des­per­a­tion I stripped down to my box­ers and waded in af­ter it – but it was too dark by now so I ad­mit­ted de­feat and went home, soaked and dis­heart­ened. I re­turned at first light with a spin­ning out­fit, de­ter­mined to re­trieve my lost tackle.

Af­ter three hours of cast­ing around I man­aged to hook the top eye of the rod and re­trieve my whole out­fit – thank­fully the bar­bel had shaken the bar­b­less hook. It was a mas­sive re­lief for me, and I’ve never since for­got­ten to en­gage my Baitrun­ner!

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