PHIL’S TOP TIPS FOR BAR­BEL SAFETY

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics -

Bar­bel are famed for their hard-fighting at­tributes, but they are ex­tremely frag­ile at cer­tain times of year, espe­cially dur­ing pe­ri­ods of hot weather and low dis­solved oxy­gen lev­els. Fol­low our straight­for­ward guide to en­sure that ev­ery bar­bel you hook lives to fight an­other day...

1 Fish­ing at dawn and dusk not only pro­duces bet­ter sport, but it’s bet­ter for the bar­bel. 2 Re­duce han­dling to a min­i­mum, try­ing best not to re­move fish from the wa­ter. 3 If photographs are nec­es­sary, do them quickly and have ev­ery­thing ready. 4 Rest the bar­bel be­fore re­leas­ing, even if it takes up to 30 min­utes or longer. 5 When rest­ing a bar­bel, do so in an area of well-oxy­genated wa­ter fac­ing up­stream. Steer clear of ar­eas in full sun, and do your best to lo­cate wa­ter which is steady but not over­whelm­ing. Wa­ter that is flow­ing too fast can cre­ate a prob­lem when re­leas­ing fish.

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