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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    There are still lots of us who are still catching Barbel but as the closed season draws ever nearer some of us are just keeping relatively quiet; lest we get morons fishing our waters over the closed season when no-ones there, which has happened in the past.

    Keith
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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    Ah but there is barbel fishing and barbel fishing Keith and certain venues are not a secret to many,but the rat race is very off putting,at least to me anyway,having to be in a car park for a draw doesn't equate to barbel fishing,more like matching...

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitty View Post
    Ah but there is barbel fishing and barbel fishing Keith and certain venues are not a secret to many,but the rat race is very off putting,at least to me anyway,having to be in a car park for a draw doesn't equate to barbel fishing,more like matching...
    Not extinct, but certainly hibernating. Spent a full day fishing for barbel a while back with a well-known former FM member..... we got one bite each, and only one of those was a barbel.

    Is that true? There are places where anglers pleasure fishing draw for swims? Sounds a bit overheated. But I suppose it's a better way to resolve competition for swims than racing down the bank and falling out with each other.

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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    Quote Originally Posted by nottskev View Post
    that true? There are places where anglers pleasure fishing draw for swims? Sounds a bit overheated. But I suppose it's a better way to resolve competition for swims than racing down the bank and falling out with each other.
    Yes unfortunately because there are a few of the swims on one of our clubs Barbel stretches that everyone seems to want to get into, so to stop any arguments arising they sometimes have to draw for the best three or four swims. Not always but there is a draw bag there for use if and when it’s needed.

    Fortunately there are plenty of other swims along that stretch that hold lots of Barbel anyway; for those of us who are willing to look for them. Plus a host of other more peaceful Barbel venues to choose from as well.

    Keith
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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    There is and it stops the running along the bank I suppose,until you get guys waiting for pegs to become available,it's a nice stretch and extremely prolific,it's funny but Keith Spears(sadly no longer with us)used to fill all forms of media with barbel venue locations,to the overcrowding of one(not the venue I speak of above),with anglers travelling hundreds of miles to fish it,today otters have depleted it so it's not worth travelling to...

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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    Regarding the o/p it would appear that all the Barbel guys are on Facebook these days but it's mainly piks of the fish but very little accompanying debate .

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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    Your probably right Mick,I am not a barbel society fan,as my spats in my first spell will tell you,Fred Bonney and i clashed many times,I believe that was towards the end of barbel wars,but I just wondered where our barbel posters have gone...

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    I think the whole barbel ‘scene’ became saturated and even for the most hardcore there is only so many ways to write about bait and waiting or fishing 6 foot hook-lengths on the Trent etc.

    BFW rarely has any discussion on actual barbel fishing, it is mainly tackle orientated with the odd thread about conservation problems/otters etc.

    I would love some threads about barbel fishing, I nearly started one a few weeks back about how I think the Trent has actually ruined the appeal of barbel fishing! Dominated by heavy carbelling tactics as opposed to creeping about flicking a bait here or there. And, I see so many people holding Trent TEENS as if they are nothing, when in actual fact barbel of that size are amazing creatures to be lauded and not just treated as numbers. I refrained from that as it was a bit negative but it is what I think.

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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    Quote Originally Posted by benny samways View Post
    I nearly started one a few weeks back about how I think the Trent has actually ruined the appeal of barbel fishing! Dominated by heavy carbelling tactics as opposed to creeping about flicking a bait here or there.
    The Trent certainly ruined my barbelling. Nothing to do with techniques and tactics, it simply became too much like hard work to sit it out for the odd bite from one or two relatively modest fish on my local rivers. As it stands, I simply can't afford to travel too far on a regular basis. I might have one trip a year to the likes of the Trent or Ribble, but that's it. If I pick my location and time wisely, it's quite within the realms of possiblity to exceed both the maximum size and total number of fish that I might reasonably expect to catch in an entire season on my locals.

    My experience of the Trent has actually put me off travelling to fish for anything that could be caught locally. It's too easy to become disatisfied with the fishing on your doorstep if you do travel regularly. That's fine and dandy if your life, and income, remains stable. If things change, you can be left high and dry.

    The tactics people tend to associate with Trent barbelling shouldn't be an issue. Plenty of people are still catching plenty of barbel on lighter legering tactics and float gear. The fact that many don't use such tactics are simply a sign of the times. They still catch fish and are just a matter of personal choice.

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    Default Re: Are barbel anglers extinct?

    Binka used to make the Trent seem appealing! I have never seen it so shouldn’t really comment. The way Lee Swords used to fish it seemed appealing as well. Probably more of a saturation thing on my part and a lack of stuff about the small rivers as they’ve been ottered or to secret squirrel to write anything interesting about without spoiling peoples fishing.

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