NOT LONG NOW! ...AND I CAN’T WAIT TO FISH FOR RIVER BARBEL THIS SUMMER
Here are my tips to ensure you enjoy early-season success
LIVE my life by an angling calendar that runs in sync with the seasons. that will provide the best results.
When I was in my early twenties the country’s smaller intimate venues, like the Rivers Ouse, Wensum and Kennet, were the places to celebrate being back on the water, but predation on the barbel and their poor reproductive record has seen angling pay the price.
Conversely, our more expansive rivers have enjoyed a renaissance and now the Wye and Trent are the places to be. So don’t dream of halcyon days on your local venue. It’s far better to put in some serious driving hours than sit on a venue with little or no prospect of success. Both rivers mentioned are readily accessible on a day ticket or a very cheap annual club membership. So think big this season – and to give you a start, let’s look at the tactics involved to catch river barbel.
If you are used to a river that you can almost jump across, arriving at a stretch that needs an overhead cast can be daunting, but watercraft remains the same – it’s just on a larger scale.