Matches face barbel net ban
IWAS interested to hear about and read on the Newark & District Piscatorial Federation website that they have introduced a new rule banning retaining barbel in keepnets on all of their waters.
It says: “… the Committee has agreed to a total ban on their retention with immediate effect. To confirm, NO Barbel are to be retained in keepnets under any circumstances by pleasure OR match anglers.”
I have no problem at all with such a rule, as it has clearly been imposed for the welfare of the fish. But I do wonder how this restriction will be put into practice in matches.
With the Division 1 and Individual National Championships taking place on Newark waters in 2018, what is going to happen if an angler is lucky enough to catch one during the match?
I have fished many club matches on commercials where similar rules have applied to carp over a certain size, and have had to call for the scales or take my fish to the scales when I’ve caught an ‘oversized’ fish. However, on most commercials this isn’t a problem as there have only been around 20 of us there, with more than one set of scales to weigh them.
It’s a bit different when it’s a 50-peg section on a wild riverbank where the rules state that you can’t leave your peg or even use your mobile phone during the match.
I can see these matches being a real challenge for the volunteer stewards!
pub or Spring House Farm. Northallerton & District AC membership £45.
Tel: 01609 771117.
What’s being caught? When the level is right, plenty of chub, as well as a few barbel. An 85 lb bag of chub won a recent match.
Whitely Lock to Great Heck, Whitely, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 0JF. Day tickets £3.50, from local tackle shops. Mirfield AC membership £28. Tel: licence secretary on 07887 712823 or Tackle 2 U Outwood Angling on 01924 835443. What’s being caught? Roach, skimmers and perch producing the bulk of catches, a recent match won with 8 lb, but expect better pleasure catches. Tactics? Long pole or waggler with punch or casters for the better fish, and maggots or pinkies for bites. A small groundbait feeder to the far bank worth a try to see if the skimmers are feeding.
Calder and Hebble Canal
Where? Dewsbury Town Centre, West Yorkshire, WF12 0AW (nearby). Day tickets £3.50. Thornhill AC membership £32. Tel: 07739 843312.
What’s being caught? Roach, perch and a few skimmers feeding, with match weights to 6 lb.
Tactics? Pole to the far bank with bread punch and casters for the better quality fish. Maggots, pinkies and squats over groundbait at the bottom of the near and far shelves for mixed bags. Keep a few different lines fed and rotate between them to keep the fish coming.
South Yorkshire Navigation Canal
Where? A6023 road bridge, Mexborough, South Yorkshire.
■ A nice Trent barbel that was returned straight away, but what if I caught it in a match on Newark waters? What’s being caught? Tactics? Where?