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    Sean Meeghan Guest


    This year I decided to avoid opening day and the following weekend rush. I was persuaded by my mate Mick to make a flying visit to the Don with him on Monday afternoon, but I blanked.

    Tuesday was to be the real start to my Barbel season and Mick and I paid a visit to the river Swale. The river was in a dour mood, but whilst rolling some meat I saw a decent barbel flash in a swim that I knew had early season form. I got my gear and settled down in the swim, feeding some moistened pellets and crushed boilies.

    I hooked a what I think was a really good Chub after about half an hour, but pulled out of it. Then I hooked a decent Barbel but snapped on the hook knot trying to stop it reaching a near-by bush (memo to self need to be sure your palomar knot is perfect every time!). I fed a bit more, replaced the fluorocarbon hook length with 12 lb braid, rested the swim for half an hour then recast.

    A delicate 4 ft twitch resulted in me being attached to what felt like a decent Barbel. During the ensuing epic battle (Mick had time to hear my shout, wind in, and walk 200 yards down the bank) the fish grew in size with every minute. By the time it was in the net I was saying a big 'nine', Mick was saying twelve plus (my brain was still refusing to accept the size of this fish!). The scales' verdict was 11lb 8oz.

    The fish was caught on a bright afternoon in a 2 ft deep swim with a high flood bank with no cover for an approaching angler. The clear area that I fished was bordered on one side by a bush and on the other by a bed of streamer weed. The moral of this tale is that flashing fish are feeding fish and that with careful presentation and adequate tackle they can be caught.

    What a start to the season!


  2. #2
    Sean Meeghan Guest


    I've just uploaded a picture to the gallery.

  3. #3
    Tony Rocca Guest


    Well done Sean. A great start, many folks will never catch a Yorkshire double.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2002


    Congrats mate excellent start.

  5. #5
    Geoff Cowen Guest


    Well done Seam, my first day started with a blank as usual. But your catch gives me hope for the season.

  6. #6
    Jim Hinchley Guest


    Brilliant swale fish sean.

    I will be popping over to yorkshire in the next few weeks to fish the swale and nidd but can only dream of a fish of that calibre.

  7. #7
    Nigel Connor(ACA ,SAA) Guest


    Great fish Sean.Those who know the Swale will really understand the pleasure of that capture.

  8. #8
    EC Guest


    Well in Sean!

    Did you get your boat trip in mate?

  9. #9
    Sean Meeghan Guest


    Thanks all - still got a big grin plastered all over my face!

    The boat trip is on 10 July Eddie. I've booked on Supreme 2 out of Rhyl.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2006


    Sean, please post how your season develops with the barbel.

    It would be great if you could post an article or articles on “barbel basics”
    for the novices (like myself).
    Much has changed since I last fished, it would give me some confidence and a bit of direction.
    The bigger rivers, Trent and Thames etc are mentioned often, your advice and guidance regarding the Yorkshire rivers would be appreciated by many I am sure.
    A brilliant fish, and big bit of inspiration for me.

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