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We decided to visit collingham wier field on Tuesday as the river yet again was running low and gin clear and also having a blank the following week on our usual stretch but on arrival was met by a couple of anglers that had fished all night and not had a bite , even the lads on the golden pegs weren't very happy so we decided an about turn and go to Fiskerton ,one car in car park so plenty of room so off we went down to the river and decided to fish . A hard day followed my mate blanked but I did manage three nice barbel two of them doubles and was over the moon to finally crack my long standing pb with a beautiful fish of 14lbs 6ozs, what a lump haven't come down yet
 

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Thanks phoeno
I did take a photo with my phone but with my mate being forty pegs away it was only on the unhooking mat and to be honest it doesn't do the fish justice but on saying that being an oldie I haven't a clue how to add a photo anyway, but will make a point of asking my nine year old grandaughter so next time I'll know how to do it lol but took me three years to beat my old pb and as you know the bigger they get the odds increase
 

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Need to get that sorted out mate as although they stay in the head, the memories are still good to look at when we struggle to get out.
Really pleased for you as I know how difficult it is to beat your Barbel Pb when they get to that size.
Took me 15 years to break the Severn 13lb mark but it gives you a buzz when you do it
Only problem is you have raised the bar and got to do it again now - well done (y)(y)
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What a fish, well done B/S and these are the days we all remember for ever. Always seems to me that the best days never quite go to plan to start with and turn out to be a magic day.
 

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To add a photo from your phone, view the forums on your phone and tap the 'Insert image' button.
Browse to where the photo is on your phone, select it, and let it upload

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Thanks lads, I feel I've let the side down a little with not posting a photograph of this excellent fish as I realise it's not only the catching of this fish by myself it is quite selfish
To deny others the pleasure it also gives to fellow anglers to view such a magnificent creature I do apologise, thanks for that Dave I will make it my uppermost to get educated
 

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Thanks lads, I feel I've let the side down a little with not posting a photograph of this excellent fish as I realise it's not only the catching of this fish by myself it is quite selfish
To deny others the pleasure it also gives to fellow anglers to view such a magnificent creature I do apologise, thanks for that Dave I will make it my uppermost to get educated
Hi tipitin
The fish took ambush pellet
 

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Hi Barbel Seeker.

Ambush pellet ? Nope, not heard of that one. Ive been doing well on those Terry Hearn 15mm ' the source ' boilies. Not a full boilie but, Ive been shaving the sides off or making strange shapes out of them. You can still get a take on a perfectly round boilie but, they do seem to be wising up to complete round boilies. My PB is 14lb 9oz from the stretch of Trent at Besthorpe in 2016. Ive had a rake of 13lb fish but, Ive not managed to top that fish just yet. I did get a bigger barbel than that right to the net at Lady Pit farm but, the hook pulled at the last minute Doh ! Anyway, Well done BS. These are beautiful fish we catch.
 

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Ambush pellets are as far as I know are only available from the severn valley bait company , I get mine from Bewdley tackle and liesure but they are on mail order if you prefer off their website , I have been using these for a few years now and have a lot of confidence that if the goings tough they will be the ones to produce if anything , confidence being the key word, I especially prefer them in floodwater conditions as the smell they give off is so strong and always put them on at night time (and no I don't own the severn valley bait company.) Lol, as for boilies mick I can't seem to catch on them but that's me and the confidence thing again , but rightly or wrongly I think the scent trail is the main factor for getting fish in the swim and all fish being scavengers once they are there will eat what's on the table, buts that's my view it would be interesting to hear other views on this subject
 

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@Barbel seeker Well done on a new PB. Hope you manage to get a picture on here of it. I'm still waiting for a double figure Barbel......

@tipitinmick Ambush pellets are available from here - 16mm Hooker Pellets
They're the 'go to' pellet on the middle Severn at the moment.
Hi Bezzer.

Wow ! Thank you for that. Ive simply not heard of them. Will defo give them a try. Theres so many pellets / boilies on the market nowadays for someone like me who doesnt particularly specialise in any one discipline of fishing it can be daunting. If you stumble across an angler in a tackle shop, scratching his head while looking at boilies and pellets well, that will probably be me. I dont know if this is right but a fellow angler while fishing for barbel said to me ...... As a rule of thumb ..... Barbel like sweet baits in summer and meaty baits in winter. Quite the opposite for carp he reckoned. He did say that he was predominantly a carp angler. I dont know, I stick anything on and hope for the best most of the time. 😀😀😀😀

Thank you Bezzer
 

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I don't go with "Barbel like sweet baits in summer and meaty baits in winter." Mick as on the Lower Severn a lot of the better fish (and especially on the waters I fish ) halibut pellets & spicy sausage or similar flavourings are catching a lot of fish all year round. Meat still takes a lot of Summer Barbel and with a bit of colour Garlic Spam is deadly.
Since my group switched to SonuBaits Spicy Sausage pellets three seasons ago we have seen our catch rates improve.
 

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Hi Barbel Seeker

I became a convert in 2015 to boilies for barbel when a fellow angler gave me some to try. Before that Id been an out and out 14mm Copdock halibut angler. I didnt and wouldnt use anything else. It was only one evening having been sat by the side of the Trent biteless for five hours with barbel crashing all around me and not taking my bait did I decide to give them a go. Ive not looked back since. Thing is now, Im stuck on that particular boilie. I should try others really and the occasional pellet. When the barbel in the Trent were smaller, say in 2012 / 13 etc I could do no wrong with three or four grains of hair rigged corn. Now Im afraid to say, the barbel seem to have grown out of that bait or become wary of it as I catch very few on corn now. Nice to know of other baits to try though.

Thank you Barbel Seeker.
 
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Hi Phoenixicus,

Isn't this the beauty of the forum ? Fellow anglers sharing their ideas and experiences. I have always kept an open mind when it comes to fishing or anything come to that matter. Talking of bait I once saw a jack pike caught on a slither of carrot out of a farmers field when I was a kid. Can you believe that ? No, Id probably be sceptical as well but, having seeing it first hand I assure you it did happen. The gentleman in question was being plagued by this jack so had the idea of spinning a bit of said carrot on the biggest hook he could find in his basket. After just a few minutes he hooked and landed the little pike. Im very sad to say that the pike was killed as that seemed to be the thing to do back in the 70's / 80's Im afraid to say. Well, up here in Yorkshire it seemed to be. I cringe when I think of some of the things Ive seen while angling.

Cheers Phoenixicus.
 

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On a similar theme Mick one of my clubs put a few pike into our waters a couple of seasons ago as we seem to have ideal conditions for the fish to breed.
Walking around with a mate to see another we spotted one of the pike in the margins and mentioned it to our friend.
He said it had been there all day and every silver he gingerly brought across it's eye line was ignored.
Bringing a rudd caught on sweetcorn in the fish slipped the hook before it was anywhere near the pike and on the retrieve the pike shot out and hooked itself on the corn.
It bit through the line of course but was still a very strange thing to witness.
 

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On a similar theme Mick one of my clubs put a few pike into our waters a couple of seasons ago as we seem to have ideal conditions for the fish to breed.
Walking around with a mate to see another we spotted one of the pike in the margins and mentioned it to our friend.
He said it had been there all day and every silver he gingerly brought across it's eye line was ignored.
Bringing a rudd caught on sweetcorn in the fish slipped the hook before it was anywhere near the pike and on the retrieve the pike shot out and hooked itself on the corn.
It bit through the line of course but was still a very strange thing to witness.
Phoenixicus,

Ha ha ha ! Pike on corn and carrot slither ! Ha ha ha ! Danny ( Dalton angler ) has been doing it all wrong for years. Ha ha ha ! Best keep these tactics to ourselves Phoenixicus, Danny is a big lad Id prefer not to mess with. 😂😂😂😂😗😗😗
 

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