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

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

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.

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