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Weve listened to what anglers have told us about falling stocks of barbel and chub.
At last knockings, one of the rods almost ripped into the water as a big Barbel shot off and didn't stop until it snapped the hook, broke our spirit and sent us packing.
Newbury-based angler Paul Smyth banked the biggest ever barbel from the River Kennet which took the scales to a staggering 17lb 2oz.
Five thousand barbel are destined for County Durham's River Skerne below Darlington and Clow Beck near Croft to help improve angling.
But fast forward two years and Barbel, 52, has shed 10 stone - half her weight - dropped eight dress sizes and now has a figure women half her age would envy - and it's all down to hula hooping.
Nostrils close together, separated by a nasal barbel, the anterior naris being a complete tube-like membrane, while posterior naris being an incomplete tube whose anterior edge basally connects to nasal barbel; posterior rim of posterior narial membrane with notch.
Using an Avon-style rod, Dave, from Romford, Essex, BARBEL DRAW: Dave and his fish baited his hook with luncheon meat and pretty soon hooked his very first barbel.
Barbel Society chairman Steve Pope commented: "There is a certain mystery about the Lower River Severn that I have not experienced anywhere else; it's that 'not knowing' that draws us back time and time again.
Andrew Hawkesly started his barbel campaign on the River Taff by catching a 9lb fish.
Post labial groove interrupted at base of inner mandibular barbel. Premaxillary tooth band partially exposed when mouth is closed, tooth patches placed in contact with each other, but not confluent.
Although perch made up the bulk of weights, Darlington ace Chantry caught a super barbel of 8lb 14oz.
A crown is couture." In her 16-year career, Barbel, 33, has established herself as a master wig, ahem, crown designer.