AT LEAST I’M NOT A BLANKER (River Severn barbel) – Blog entry 575

I live fairly close to the Severn, and combining that with my love for barbel fishing, then it would be criminal not to exploit its riches. It’s always good to get off to a decent start and with a couple of barbel on the bank in my opening session, I was happy enough. The downside was my reel giving up the ghost. I go through all that in the video.

Long and lean, a dusk Severn barbel
Long and lean, a dusk Severn barbel

I think you have to be careful that you don’t use the internet in general as an online outlet for all your moaning and groaning. That’s basically one big turn-off, but as I wasn’t doing that, that’s fine. The key is not to post, blog or upload anything in anger or frustration. But if you’ve had negative experiences with a product then an honest review is more than acceptable.

More nature footage in the accompanying video
More nature footage in the accompanying video

My next outing was to the lower Severn, and with just the one barbel from there in three previous visits, it’s certainly been a struggle. Well, only a battle on the barbel front, as I have banked other species and this time it was more of the same. I caught chub, but not my target fish. It meant that with seven river outings under my belt for the new season so far, I was yet to ‘suffer’ a total blank. Well, not trying to tempt fate, it was back to the middle Severn for number eight.

A summer barbel from the Severn
A summer barbel from the Severn

I spoke too soon, as I ended the session totally fish-less. In fact it was one of those outings when the river was absolutely lifeless and you just know it’s going to be a real struggle. Anyway the positive thing, if you can call it that, was that I’d got my first blank out the way. Not that I’m particularly worried about them anyway, but you know what I mean.

A greedy lower Severn chub and a 20mm boilie
A greedy lower Severn chub and a 20mm boilie

I had to return to the same stretch though for the final outing of the week, as I felt a challenge coming on. Although I didn’t get a barbel I did bank a chub, so at least I wasn’t a blanker. And on that saying, I do use that a lot in my videos, and for good reason as well as it’s always nice to get your first – and often only – fish in the net.

The final fish of the week, at least I'm not a blanker
The final fish of the week, at least I’m not a blanker

It’s also quite interesting how on several occasions I’ve been in conversation with other anglers and they’ve caught just the one, and with a smile they say, ‘At least I’m not a blanker’. It’s amazing what gets picked up isn’t it! If you like this blog entry, why not share it via the link below. If you do thanks, I really appreciated everyone who does so.  (Published July 19 2014)