- Apr 21, 2018
If it’s any consolation Arch I only had one tiny Barbel yesterday evening. I fished with my dad from 4.30pm until 9.30pm. I set two rods up. My dad having the first bite me having the second. Saying that, we only had two bites to strike at. Here’s me trying to make a tiny Barbel look like a 10 pounder. Proper Angling Times shot. ?. Good luck with finding your whiskers. ?Another Barbel blank last night, saved a whitewash with three small Chub. No one else caught a Barbel on the stretch either.
Talking to some other lads, and they all said the head of fish in both the upper Trent and Dove is now very small. But what are in there are good sized fish. One guy even said he fishes the middle reaches more because of the head of fish in there. I think i've just got to get my timing right, maybe after some rain is when to fish it. A bit of extra water and some colour.
Its quite tough all over Arch. Unless you run off and join the circus at Collingham that is. Stick with it matey. They'll be one with your name on somewhere. Nice looking stretch though.A stretch called Cuttlebrook, just below Swarkestone bridge on the Trent.
Spoke with a guy down there I know last night, and he's not had a Barbel this season either.
To be fair Arch they don’t look a bad size. I help net a farm pond in winter and what the farmer does is swap them with the EA for carp. We got just over 200lb out last year. Oh ... and any carp over 15lb get swapped also. It’s only a small pond. Maybe 15 pegs.Don't worry, I haven't caught a Barbel.
But one of our club ponds is stuffed with small Rudd, There was a group of us tasked with catching as many of them as we could, and relocate them to another pond. Between us we managed 27lbs, of which I contributed 14lbs of them. Basically, they are starving as I managed up to 10 fish on a single, stretched Maggot. Fished a whip, and it was a bite a chuck for the 3 hours I was there. Hopefully, they'll do a little better in the new pond. The club intend to feed them and grow them on.