Matches face barbel net ban

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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?

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