Has anyone ever caught a Barbel while float fishing? It happened to me once when I was fishing the Teme at Stanford Bridge some years back. Running a stick float through a delicious piece of water, first fish was a chub of maybe 2lbs. Second run through and wham! a whiskers took my double caster bait and boy, did he make me have it! After many moments of panic and much drag adjustment he came grudgingly to the net. At 4lbs, he wasn't that big but on 3lb main line and 1.7 bottom he really made a name for himself, and nearly gave me a heart attack! Absolute magic. Anyone else had an experience like that?
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