My first-ever bar­bel was a bap­tism of fire

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

I WAS al­ways un­der the im­pres­sion that carp were the hard­est-fight­ing species you could en­counter in this coun­try. But then I hooked my first bar­bel, and couldn’t be­lieve the power of the beast!

I caught it dur­ing a ses­sion at De­coy Lakes, and al­though it only weighed around the 3lb mark, it fought like a 10lb carp.

It’s def­i­nitely given me a taste to catch more bar­bel, and if they fight like this in still­wa­ter, I can only imag­ine how tough it is to a win a bat­tle with a much big­ger fish in run­ning wa­ter. Sam Hinds, Oun­dle

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