I normally fish the Dearne mate as it’s a 2 min drive from my house, and whilst I know there’s barbel in there (some huge ones aswell) finding them is proving difficult for me. Had some lovely chub but I really do want to get a nice barbel. I’ll have a look into the idle though mate, thanks for recommendation!Have a look at the Idle Adam, lovely little River and you can have a rove traveling light between Retford and Bawtry.
Well I need an excuse for not catching today and so I will say yes, too cold! My favourite in my limited experience is a cloudy day in summer with a bit of colour in the water on a falling river.
That guy was one of the best specimen (barbel) anglers this country has ever produced.
Just to show that Barbel do feed in the coldest conditions when the temperatures have been steady for a couple of days or are rising a degree or two, even with snow on the ground.
The recently deceased Keith Speers holding a 19lb plus Barbel caught during the coldest Decembers for years. Keith had a 13lb-er the week before and a 15lb-er the week after and all on float and centrepin from a small river.