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    Question Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    It is now 18 months since I last caught a Ribble barbel. The foremost reason for this is that I don't fish that often these days and probably the second is that most of my trips are early morning to lunchtime. However yesterday I fished 4 hours up to dusk in a swim that in years gone by would have been a banker for a barbel and/or a chub or two. Weather conditions and water level were both pretty good but pellets, boilies and pepperami sausage all failed to produce a bite.
    I have posted before that I have enjoyed successful sessions floatfishing for Ribble silverfish. The dace in particular seem very prolific and indeed yesterday my maggot feeder rod tip was bouncing away all session producing 8 dace to 10oz plus a solitary gudgeon! However the biggest fish was the only time this tip moved more than a couple of inches. The one other angler on the stretch was also barbel fishing with zero success at least up to the time that I packed up. He commented that he and his regular barbel fishing buddy had been struggling all year.
    So - is it just me picking the wrong options or has Ribble barbel fishing declined in recent years?

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    Default Re: Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    you will find lots of our northern rivers are the same , it has been a strange year

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    Default Re: Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    The ribble has gone to the dogs, there are very few barbel nowadays.
    If you want barbel best to go to some of the other more well known barbel rivers that are still full of them.
    I don't think the barbel will ever come back in any numbers due to various factors.

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    Default Re: Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    Mmmm,I agree there Ian,probably think of three or four reasons and it certainly isn't limited to Northern rivers,it's a countrywide problem sadly and will probably hit the rivers that are full of them eventually...

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    Default Re: Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    Quote Originally Posted by tigger View Post
    The ribble has gone to the dogs, there are very few barbel nowadays.
    If you want barbel best to go to some of the other more well known barbel rivers that are still full of them.
    I don't think the barbel will ever come back in any numbers due to various factors.
    I know that the ribble is crawling with otters now but I don't suppose it is trendy to mention those little furry things

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    Default Re: Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    As mentioned by Phil Hackett in another thread in barbel fishing,endocrine disruptors are affecting barbel populations badly countrywide,otters are just the icing on the cake....

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    Default Re: Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    Our stretch of river/stream still has plenty of Barbel in it at present, and not surprising there have not been any signs of otters in the area yet; although they are present ten miles or so further downstream where the Barbel fishing has declined.

    As they say; time will tell.

    Like a lot of other rivers we do have excessive water abstraction and I’ve been told that every drop of water has been through at least five people before it reaches its destination; so I suppose that doesn’t help either.

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    Marford Keith???

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    Default Re: Barbel fishing on the River Ribble - discuss

    Otters are not the problem on the Ribble for barbel and chub. It's poor spawning due to cold river temperatures over the last 10-15 years. High summer floods after spawning causing wash out of eggs, fry, siltation of traditional spawning gravels, movement of gravels infilling traditional depressions in the bed. Cyclical stock movements as in peaks and troughs. Along with other problems rivers suffer pollution, EDS's currently not a huge problem on the Ribble due to it's upland and rural nature.
    It will increase vastly over the next 10 years as the propose 10,000 houses in mid Ribble catchment are built and the sewage gets dumped into it. There are no plans I've seen to increase or build new treatment works to take the vast quantities of sewage it will have to cope with.

    Sort-term I predict that after this summer 018 the river will have a significant increase in small barbel and chub in the next 3-5 years. Both species spawned exceptionally well this summer and because there was no summer floods the survival rate of eggs and fry will be at there highest for many many years.

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    Thank you all for taking the time to express your opinions. Maybe since the early days of cormorant predation on the Ribble anglers like me are looking for an apocalyse to explain why we are not catching so much. Here's hoping it is just a natural cycle. Come to think of it barbel didn't get into the Ribble naturally in the first place!

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