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    I could empty that swim easily

    I don't mind reading articles and they can be interesting and people catching a few fish is what its all about.

    But at the end of the day, surely the challenge of working things out for yourself as to be more satisfying than paying somebody to put you onto fish, because that is all what's happening.

    Not a dig at the author, fair play to him for having an hobby that pays
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    Guests or customers?
    I tread the path where no one goes,
    and cast to fish nobody knows.

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    A nice read about fishing and catching barbel, informative--I remember my early barbel foray on the Kennet with my brother, he took me to a swim where he said your guaranteed to catch barbel, he taught me never to fish right on the shoal, attract them up. They lay under a weed blanket on a bend and I swim feed maggots well 50 yards above them. Keep the feed going in and eventually it will trickle past them and they will move up. Caught more than 20 that day. I never forget it, never caught that many ever since by a long chalk.
    Two and half grand for a rod and reel is a bit scary though, worth more than all the tackle I have bought in my whole life. Still, looks a very nice set up but, I would be scared to use it. I would just hang it in my window just to let everyone know I owned one. Bit like those people that have a rented Ferrari in the drive but, no carpets or furniture in the house
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    On the issue of the deformed fish here are two Trent fish which I took recently within a week or so of each other from the same stretch of river and which had the same abnormality...

    In both cases the kink was to the left which can be clearly seen in the image below and the fish were otherwise perfectly healthy, fought like you would expect and went back strong...

    In over thirty years of fishing I certainly don't recall seeing it before either with barbel or other species.

    After reading of your experience of it too it did make me wonder if it was something coming through the breeding programme in second (or even later) generation fish and which might be worth mentioning to Calverton?

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    Had two or three like those on the tidal river Steve, one of them three times in a day, it loved sweetcorn and fought like a big Bream.

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    There was a bent-back barbel in the Holybrook near Reading back in the late seventies or early eighties that I caught once and saw others land a few times, so it isn't that new a phenomi-thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Tyler View Post
    There was a bent-back barbel in the Holybrook near Reading back in the late seventies or early eighties that I caught once and saw others land a few times, so it isn't that new a phenomi-thing.
    Probably did it themselves Al - Trying to swim through the thick Streamer weed on there!

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    Plenty of those bent backs coming out of the Goyt (nicknamed boomerangs).

    The Mersey, starting in the centre of Stockport is fed from both the rivers Goyt and Tame, it initially receives water from both and otherwise remains un-stocked by the EA of Barbel, interestingly it contains a few escapees that have inadvertently moved over various weirs from the Goyt since it was originally stocked in the mid 90's and become a self sustaining population helped and supplemented genetically from the population found in the river Tame, both the Goyt and the Tame were illegally stocked with Barbel from the river Severn, prior to getting full EA backing and being legally stocked of Barbel.
    While its not totally impossible for these fish to make there way back into the Goyt (as the last two weirs there are often drowned out by late winter/early spring rains) they are still able to navigate upto the last weir on the Tame to spawn, I would assume spending much of their time moving from the Tame into the Mersey and vice versa, more interesting still is the lack of bent backs reportedly coming from either the Tame or the Mersey (I don't know of any), all of which contained in an area of only a few miles in all three directions..

    It was explained to me by one of the bailiffs on the Goyt a while back that it was some sort of virus infection that would show during the juvenile stage of the young Barbels life but was unfortunately carried into adulthood, not really effecting it after the damage had already been done so living with the deformity and being otherwise healthy, I never asked at the time whether this was suffered prior to being released or was a result of something happening in the farming of the fish.


    I had wondered for a while if this might be caused by the beaks of predatory birds on juvenile fish, I have caught Chub/Grayling and other silvers that have the scars and beak point still to show from escaping these birds but none have got deformed spines, so I could at least count that out as one possibility!
    Last edited by wes79; 26-07-2015 at 13:52. Reason: Afterthought.....
    Cheers & Beers

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    Hi All,

    Pleased to be able to talk about fishing on the forum!!

    Like many others I've caught a fair few of these deformed barbel over the years and have witnessed a couple of real extreme cases.

    The first was on the Royalty when a good pal caught a nice fish from Fiddlers that was literally bent 90 degrees, it fought rather strangely as you could imagine but otherwise was ok.

    Then I caught a similar sized barbel from the lower Severn that looked exactly the same and probably produced the most peculiar fight I've ever experienced!

    I know they have come from many other rivers as well, going back well over twenty years.

    As I mentioned in the article much has been written about this condition and I suppose we can only take what information is to hand to form an opinion for ourselves.

    I'm off to the Wye now, have yet to catch a deformed barbel there.

    All the best and thanks for responding to the article, I try to include snippets that might stimulate general discussion and its reassuring when it happens.
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