It was Josh' turn next when the D/S rod went over and after a short 'scrap' one of his outstanding challenge fish appeared on the surface, an EEL! He was over the moon about the fact, I was less impressed as I was left to unhook the thing, never an easy task with smaller eel's maybe a bit easier with larger specimens? Anyway the boy was happy so it was handshakes all round.
The next fish to me was another snig, how I love the things (not) but at least they were not tackle wreckers, Josh was then into a Barbel and landed a nice fish of 7lb 7oz
He really does well when playing Barbel as they do pull back and at only 9 years old and being quite short they do beat him up a bit!
The next fish to me was a tackle wrecking eel (spoke to soon) that basically appeared on the surface after a lot of tapping on the tip in a ball of hooklink, feeder and a branch, what a mess and I had the cut the hooklink off the eel to release it, nightmare.......
The Barbel then continued to come at regular intervals throughout the afternoon/early evening with us taking a bite each, Josh was unlucky by dropping a couple of fish in weed and one reached a snag but he was doing well with the resident Barb population giving him a right workout!
After dark the bites slowed down, I lost a fish around 9pm then took 2 in quick succession, Josh was taking a nap at this stage and he had just woken up when the tip dragged round again at 10.30 so he was in again, another Barb at 7lb 8oz.
We had one last cast at this stage (as you do) and it was whilst I waited for the final 3 foot twitch that I spotted something moving through the swim and moving a fair amount of water as it did so, a quick flick on of the head torch and an otter's eye reflected back at us, it stared briefly before submerging and leaving the scene. Two minutes later the final bite was had and a Barb of about 7lb was landed by yours truly. The final tally was 8 barbel, 2 eels and a Chub to me and 4 Barbel and an eel to Josh, mission achieved on the eel front anyway, Dace and Gudgeon to go for him so I will work on that over the next few weeks.