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Angling Times (UK) - - CONTENTS -

WE’RE just a few days away from the start of the river sea­son on June 16, and I can’t wait to get among the chub and bar­bel on big rivers like the Sev­ern, Trent and Wye once again.

Bar­bel fish­ing has re­ally grown in pop­u­lar­ity in re­cent sea­sons and there are even some wa­ters where there’s a queue for pegs at dawn, they’re that good.

As more an­glers fish for this species so do our skills and knowl­edge im­prove. How­ever, the fish are get­ting wiser too!

There’s lit­tle doubt that the ma­jor­ity of bar­bel are now caught on boilies and pel­lets, as they love both these baits.

How­ever, like most things in an­gling, putting a lit­tle bit of thought into your bait and tackle selec­tion can make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to your re­sults.

A lot of an­glers sim­ply cast out a large pel­let or boilie at­tached to a big hook and short braided hook­length and wait for a bite that in many cases is un­miss­able.

This ap­proach cer­tainly catches fish, but many bar­bel have be­come wary of larger baits, es­pe­cially in day­light hours, when a more sub­tle ap­proach pays div­i­dends.

At this time of year, my ap­proach to bar­bel on larger rivers such as the Sev­ern and Wye in day­light is to use feed­ers, small hooks and bait, and long mono hook­lengths.

This week I’m go­ing to show you how to tie my sim­ple but ef­fec­tive rig and give you a few bait tips that will def­i­nitely help you if you’re head­ing to the river this week­end.

Let’s make it a week­end to re­mem­ber!

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