Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Winter Barbel fishing

First of all, a quick catch up on yesterdays short morning session and i went in search of some nice big fat winter Chub, so i thought i'd start my session at the lower part of the river and take a few slices of bread and a bit of meat and cheese, classic baits for catching these greedy but clever species, trotting meat is a firm favourite of mine because you have total control of where your bait goes and cover alot more water and at this time of year it is very low so deeper spots are normally where they hold up and if you can find them, you can get some good sized Chub and Roach aswell further down.

 So first off tryed a lump of bread flake and had a dace about 6oz and the next cast had a nice Chub, it put up a good scrap on the light tackle and when i landed it knew it was going to be another 4lbs + fish and after weighing it at 4lbs on the dot, took a photo and slid her back, after a few more trotts had nothing more so i guess the noise that the Chub may have spooked everything else off, so I headed on up river and had another 2 Chub, at 3lbs 2oz and 2lbs 14oz.

                                         My 6th 4lbs + Chub since October.

 But back to today and went out and tryed the centerpin and trotting rod with some maggots and had a go at the Barbel, the old fashioned way. This for me if i could would be my preffered tackle, maggots are a very under-rated bait for Barbel and i know they can fall for it very often and that appeared to be the case just as dusk was settling in i had a struck into a fish that were'nt a Dace or Chublet, for it stripped line from the centerpin so quickly i could only let it run so i knew straight away it was a Barbel and after a very good fight, slipped it over the net and had my first Barbel from this stretch on the trott, so this was a very good fish to catch and at 7lbs 3oz a great catch indeed.

A fit Barbel at 7lbs 3oz.

  Another fit and chunky Barbel for the ever growing collection, after a couple of pictures and weighing it put her back and then carried on for about half hour through dusk to see if i could maybe have another but unfortunately did'nt manage another Barbel but i did go from the sublime to the ridiculous in the form of the smallest Brown Trout i've ever seen about an inch long, it went for the same 2 maggots i caught the Barbel on, just goes to show that Barbel don't always have to be fished for using 16mm pellets or half a fist sized lump of luncheon meat and also the Trout had eyes bigger than its belly!!!

An absolute monster.

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