My last couple of colder weather sessions have been on the Wye this year, and I have to say how nice it is to get into some smaller fish and appreciate all of our Barbel, and the scenic places they inhabit! That`s still not to say I wouldn`t mind a Wye double, but I have been very lucky with them and had quite a few in the past seasons. So bites will do for starters…..
A sunny afternoon Barbel…the smaller of two, this one was 5.5lb!
The approach and tactics are similar on most rivers in these conditions, particle baits are favoured with maggots being the first on the list, then something smelly, meat perhaps, and a moderate amount per swim! Getting the maggots “in” can often draw all fish and therefore tempt the Barbel into moving to feed.
This done, you can usually get a few bites soon after!
The weather has turned the wildlife upside down, they don`t know anymore if spring has sprung or whether they missed it at Christmas! This said, there was much birdlife on the banks last week with over 10 breeds counted, including a Buzzard and Barn Owl working the field of corn stubble on the opposite bank for movement of they`re next meaty meal, (and a Cormorant, no longer a sea dwelling stranger to our rivers). Not so many birds yesterday though, with a biting North Easterly wind sending all for cover, and making the banks quite devoid of much life at all….though a couple of Barbel still awoke from their new found wintery slumber, and duly put my rod and line under strain!
A happy and content angler is left with the impending close season drawing ever closer…..
Good luck all, I hope you have a fantastic end to your river season.
Just a couple of weeks now of what look to be unfavourable conditions for Barbel!!
But it is always worth taking the air, and trying your luck, perhaps some Chub or Pike may oblige also.
Season`s Greetings to all of you who look in, and best wishes for the new year.
I can tell you, that this year has been a busy one! There have been fish-ins, and away days galore, & all have been really enjoyable experiences with familiar faces, & new friends made too.
Conservation wise, progress is always being made, and I feel privileged to have been invited to work with some great people from whom, I am always learning! I thank everyone for their continued participation in logging observations from our rivers, and ask you all to keep doing so…
Thanks also to the customers I have had the pleasure to meet and share some new ideas and advice with. It has been wonderful to spend the time with you.
Special mentions this year for (in no particular order);
Barbel Fishing Prince of the River (F.B)
The Teme Severn Study
The Barbel Society
The ABF Charity
And, all those friends who have contacted me personally to share thoughts, contribute observations, and ask advice and opinion.
Merry Christmas to one and all!
I attach this picture of one of a pair of “Christmas” Barbel I managed to catch yesterday, conditions look very Barbelish if you can get out over Christmas!!
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Quite excited about this one!!
A great near double at 9lb14oz!
Playing in the fields..
A double hook up!
Yes readers, I am happy to say that I shall be getting involved with Jerry Gleeson`s annual ABF challenge next week…please help and give your generous support at //http:www.justgiving.com/jerry-gleeson2 this link can also be found on the front page… I shall be joining the “Southern Fairies” team as a guest in the last day`s, on the rivers Severn and Wye…Everyone is really looking forward to “having a go” and raising lots of money for a worthy cause! Good luck to all for the Challenge!!
Well here we are a month in, and we have had some fun and games, and good fish to boot!
My diary updates begin from my close season ramblings and sightings, which – on certain rivers – looked positive, with fish spawning and even feeding a little too.
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