Barbel Day

September 19th 2009, Felmersham,

John Burge is responsible for organising this now yearly event which has always been well recieved and this year was no exception with some of the members turning out at dawn to attempt to snag a barbel,however conditions though good for an event were not so good for fishing, the river was low and clear - gin clear and when the sun came out the chance of a barbel on the bank disappeared completely.
However when conditions are against you the next best thing is to sit and talk about catching barbel, John has ensured that several of our Great Ouse Bailiff crew were on hand to help do just that, so with tea and coffee provided by Buz and Graham Ross and a few cold beers on hand, the lads enjoyed the sunshine and sat down to listen to our guest speaker.
Unfortunately Teme Severn were unable to make it this year but luckily I managed to get Graham Elliott a friend of mine to jump in at the last moment.
Graham is a well known Barbel fishing guide and author, this year he has helped to guide his customers to catch over 400 fish.
Graham can take his guests to fish on rivers like The Wye, The Kennet,The Loddon and The Thames, he is also the regional organiser for The Barbel Society and a great speaker.
Graham held his audiience captive with his sound and simple advise as to the mysteries of catching big fish, the use of bait, rigs and tackle and location on well fished rivers.
I cannot praise Graham enough for his help in stepping in at the last moment and it is a mark of his character that he charged us no fee.
Lunch was yet again provided by one of our members 'Chef' Richard O'Connell, his irish stew went down a storm, not one drop of the twenty or so litres went to waste, what with Richards gastronomic triumph and Grahams food for thought we were well set in both mind and body,
So the upshot was - No Barbel, but it was not about catching fish, more importantly we all enjoyed ourselves immensely and made new friends on the banks of one of our most picturesque venues.

To learn more about Graham and his Guiding go to; www.anglingexperience.co.uk

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