STALK A BIG WHARFE BARBEL
RECOMMENDED RIVER WHARFE, BOSTON SPA, WEST YORKSHIRE
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