I don´t know about you but I´ve spent the Christmas period sitting on my arse with my feet up on the coffee table. I noticed that some idiot left an open box of Quality Street lying around. They won´t do that again in a hurry!

This shameful self-indulgence is tolerated and even encouraged at this time of year and usually acts as a catalyst to sign up to healthy new year´s resolution like marathon running, cross-channel swimming, mountain climbing or at least taking the dogs for a walk.

Of course not everyone succumbs to such indolence. John Langridge has had the good sense to go fishing for barbel in the Guadiana over Christmas and this morning he sent me some pictures of some of the fish he has been catching. What monsters they are!

John is an expert on Spanish barbel and the fish he caught over the last few days include three different species; comizo, gypsy and common. He has recently published a book on Spanish barbel. I have asked for it for my birthday which is in early January and so will have my mits on it in a few days. I´m sure it will be excellent.

If you want to treat yourself to a copy this link will take you to where you need to go:


Anyway, if you have your feet up on your own coffee table you may enjoy looking at the pictures that John sent on. Here they are:

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I nearly choked on a coconut roll when I saw this! This is a gypsy barbel.

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Then I saw this and spilled some hot tea down my lap! A common barbel.

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Grandad revived me using a defibrillator after I looked at this one! This is a comizo barbel which is the largest-growing of the nine Spanish barbel species.