STALK A BIG WHARFE BAR­BEL

REC­OM­MENDED RIVER WHARFE, BOS­TON SPA, WEST YORK­SHIRE

Angling Times (UK) - - NORTHA -

THIS dreamy look­ing stretch of the River Wharfe in West York­shire of­fers some of the best run­ning-wa­ter sport north of Leeds.

With its over­hang­ing trees, bends, ed­dies and shal­low runs, the river is per­fect for rov­ing. Along with most river species, the venue is home to some monster bar­bel.

A 15lb 8oz fish was landed two years ago and there are plenty of smaller spec­i­mens to be had.

At this time of year the river is often clear and low and that can mean your typ­i­cal pel­let feeder ap­proach may spook the fish. In this in­stance it may be worth fish­ing a lead with a PVA bag of of­fer­ings, par­tic­u­larly when fish­ing close or un­der over­hang­ing trees or shal­low runs.

Feed­ing a few swims and be­ing mo­bile is also a good plan to adopt and an eas­ier way of lo­cat­ing the fish if you don’t know the stretch.

Float­fish­ing is also pro­duc­tive here, even for the bar­bel. Find a nice run and feed caster and hemp over the top, but ex­pect bites from other species such as chub, eels, perch, roach and dace un­less you fish with a large hook­bait. PRICES: £32 a year ex­ist­ing mem­bers, £37 non-mem­bers, Bin­g­ley AC CON­TACT: Tackle 2U, 01274 729570, www.bin­g­leyan­gling­club.co.uk LO­CA­TION: River Wharfe, Leys Lane, Bos­ton Spa, W Yorks, LS23 6ET RULES: One rod max­i­mum, no night fish­ing, no tins, fires or bar­be­cues

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