This was my first trip down on the River Severn this season, with very sunny and hot conditions it was not ideal for fishing for barbel, also with a large amount of water on the Severn, I didn't think I would have much and was pretty sure I was going to blank. Using my usual set up of a 12 foot Shakespeare carp rod and a Fladen bait runner reel with 10lb line I cast out a cage feeder full of my own make of ground bait. My hook bait was a 16mm halibut pellet, wrapped in a halibut paste. Casting just on the edge of current I then left the bait in for fifteen minute stints, after fifteen minutes I would bring in refill my feeder and recast into the same spot once more. in the space of just under and hour the reel screamed off, I struck into the bite and felt a very heavy resistance but nothing else, my mind instantly said I had snagged up a tree, that was until I felt the fish begin to pull and pull hard. The fish fought hard and kept in the current, making it more difficult to gain line, after a few minutes the fish finally submitted and came towards to the net, once safely in the net I left it to recover and snap a few pictures. This amazing fish was then released within a few minutes after it had fully recovered. Was an amazing day and was great to see that fish. Just remember all those who do fish the UK and have a very hot sunny day always ensure you recover your fish and keep them in the water as long as possible.