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  1. #251
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    Default Re: Ribble: River Ribble Fishing Reports

    Thanks for the invite NP,
    But I've sussed your cunning plan - you want unsuspecting fresh meat to offer the crays as a human sacrifice !
    For this tribute they will leave your swim alone - they were p-ed-off with your desultory offer of the dog and bl-dy furious your hand evaded capture - so have now upped the ante to 100kg of Welsh Mutton!
    I'm afraid I'll have to decline your invitation until you can trap the b-ggers and extend the invite to a crayfish BBQ!
    Tight Lines!

  2. #252
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    Default Re: Ribble: River Ribble Fishing Reports

    Date:.. Tuesday 07/10/14
    Venue:... River Ribble
    Time fished:...16:00hrs 23:00hrs
    Weather conditions:... Overcast with heavy showers, clearing after dusk, bright moon clouding over at times.
    Water conditions:... EA River level at 09:00hrs @ NJR 0.59M and falling.
    Air temperature:... 10.7C dropping to 6C by the end of the session.
    Water Temperature:... 12.9C
    Bait:... Halibut Pellet
    Method:.. 2 rods – Downstream rod fished outside crease of a large eddy, upstream rod inside edge of same eddy, both rods fished with PVA bags of micro-pellets and dried hemp and halibut ground bait. Loose fed both areas with corn and small halibut pellets. Upstream rod, occasionally had cheese paste over pellet.
    Results:...One Chub to 4lb-8oz
    Brief description of the session & remarks:… Quick trip down following the tail end of a flood pulse. Started to get knocks at dusk and missed a good bite while pouring my coffee, eventually struck, hook pulled almost immediately. Bites stopped when full moon came out, but during one of the times, the moon went behind a cloud, I picked up a nice 4lb-8oz chub which came to my upstream rod on halibut pellet and cheese paste. Pack up when it looked like the moon was going to be out for several hours. I've never seen as many salmon anglers on the river at one time, I counted 13 before dusk, also one otter, several king fishers and a young swan which came on the bank for a cuddle.

    PS Greenie
    Re the slug count, its the cold weather the big black ones don't like it, although a couple of small gray ones managed to get into my tube of pre-filled PVA bags

  3. #253
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    Default Re: Ribble: River Ribble Fishing Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by john conway (CSG - ACA) View Post
    Re the slug count, ...... a couple of small gray ones managed to get into my tube of pre-filled PVA bags
    Thanks for the update John,
    Ahha - stealth slugs - haven't seen any at the fishery - but the dog tends to bring them in hidden in her paws! Missus doesn't appreciate that! Sneaky little bu88ers - the slugs, that is!

  4. #254
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    Default Re: Ribble: River Ribble Fishing Reports

    Date 9.10.14
    Section River Ribble
    Time: 18:40 - 22:25
    Weather conditions: Wet
    Water conditions : Up about a foot and rising
    Bait – corn & pellet
    Air temp – NT
    Water temp: NT
    Method: Single feeder rod
    Results: 1 chub and 4 barbel to 9lb 9oz

    I was late arriving after work and busy traffic didn’t help, so this was a short session into dark. I managed to get set up before the rain set in and all in all it was a soggy night with some heavy downpours.

    I lose fed corn throughout on top of the micro pellets in the feeder and kept the feeder going in constantly every 3 to 4 minutes. It took a while to attract some activity. First fish was a chub of 2.5 to 3lb on a single grain of corn, that didn’t give me a bite. I just picked up to reel in and he was on! A short while after a timid bite produced a barbel of about 5lb that seemed initially like a chub until it came to life in the margins. I then had a thumping bite and lifted into it but lost it and found the hooklength was frayed and looked like it had parted over a rock.

    Things picked up during the last hour and by now the river was starting to come up a little. I had switched from corn to a small pellet and had three more barbel and lots of bangs and knocks in between. The first of them was the best and I think my biggest of the season at 9lb 9oz and the two that followed were both 6 to 7lb size.

    The downside was having to pack up in the pouring rain on a slippy, soggy bank with a long trudge back to the car.

    There were still some good float catches reported by friends prior to the weather turning with one of my mates taking 14 decent barbel in one evening on the stickfloat from a new swim he found whilst wading for salmon on a previous visit. The joys of exploring and finding a new area and then reaping the rewards for your efforts.

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    Date 19.10.14
    Section River Ribble
    Time: 17:00- 21:30
    Weather conditions: Very Wet and Windy
    Water conditions : Initially up about 12” and falling then rising as we left.
    Bait – pellet
    Air temp – 18 C - very mild for Mid-October.
    Water temp: NT
    Method: Single ledger rod
    Results: 1 barbel (9.5lb) to me and 3 barbel to my guest (9, 6 and 8).

    I don’t get much time to fish these days with a young family, but managed a few hours on the river Sunday evening. After being very low almost since June the water was finally up and looked perfect, fining down after a small flood. My guest had a fish first cast at about 5.10pm and then another about 6pm. Then the biblical rain came and we spent 2 hours clinging on to our brollies barely able to see 12” in front of us.

    During a lull in the rain my guest had his third barbel which did not want to be landed. Finally the rain slowed at 8pm and I had my one and only fish, a beautifully conditioned female. All the fish caught were in great condition – no split fins as in previous years, plump and deep bronze.

    I noticed 2 things that others may be able to confirm. Firstly, when the rain was really heavy the bites dried up completely, but as soon as it slowed/stopped the fish took. Being a fair weather fisherman I have little experience of barbel in such heavy rain. Secondly, once the heavy rain got into the river the water started to quickly rise and debris started to give false bites/build up around your line, the fish disappeared again.

    Overall it has been a difficult season for me (I usually only fish June – November). I’ve not had much chance to fish but relative to previous years I’ve struggled, with numbers well down. Previous catches of 8 barbel in a couple of hours were replaced by an average of one barbel per 4-5 hour session and even one or two blanks which reminded me of my days of fishing the much harder Great Ouse years ago. Although the average size of the fish I caught has increased significantly. The large shoals of 5-6lb males seem to have disappeared from the area I fish and have left less, solitary and better conditioned females that average 8-10lb. Oh and the chub seem to have gone on holiday too, I just had one all season. I stopped visiting all the other barbel forums (too much unpleasantness) so I'm not sure whether this is unique to me this season or widespread due to the dry summer?

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    Default Re: Ribble: River Ribble Fishing Reports

    Date:.. Saturday 18/10/14
    Venue:... River Ribble
    Time fished:...17:00hrs 23:30hrs
    Weather conditions:... Cloudy with sunny intervals, light breeze, no moon.
    Water conditions:... EA River level at 09:00hrs @ NJR 0.6M and falling, lots of leaves and twigs.
    Air temperature:... 23.5C dropping to16C by the end of the session.
    Water Temperature:... 16.1C
    Bait:... Halibut Pellet
    Method:.. 2 rods – Both rods fished 1/3 to mid-river with PVA bags of micro-pellets, dried hemp and halibut ground bait. Loose fed both rods with small halibut pellets.
    Results:... Two Barbel 6lb-5oz and 7lb-2oz and one Chub to 5lb-2oz
    Brief description of the session & remarks:… I fancied the tail end of this flood pulse, and was rewarded with two barbel 6lb-5oz and 7lb-2oz and one 5lb-1oz chub, I also got snapped by a big barbel just before packing up at 22:30hrs, that or a medium one with a load of weed attached!!! The river was up a wee bit, coloured with many leaves and twigs coming down. It took 3oz to hold the bottom, but after 30 minutes the leaves and twigs were too much and I had to re-cast constantly. I got though quite a lot of PVA bags of micro pellets. My lines also took a bit of a battering; I'll have to remember to strip 20M off each reel before I go again.

    David L. J.
    I can't remember if I've caught in really heavy rain but my experience is that chub go off the feed when the river starts rising fast, barbel will hold the faster water for longer. In 2004/2005 I was catching quite a lot of large chub to 6.5lb and occasionally one or two big barbel 10lb to 12lb. Now I catch fewer large chub and more barbel between 5lb and 7lb.

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    Default Re: Ribble: River Ribble Fishing Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by john conway (CSG - ACA) View Post
    .....In 2004/2005 I was catching quite a lot of large chub to 6.5lb and occasionally one or two big barbel 10lb to 12lb. Now I catch fewer large chub and more barbel between 5lb and 7lb.
    Hi John,
    Do you reckon that's a case of the barbel shifting the chub out of the swims you are fishing or the population demographics have changed - or both?
    Have the 5lb+ chub moved elsewhere on the Ribble? - and have they, in turn, shifted anything else - e.g. roach populations?
    Cheers & Tight Lines!

  8. #258
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    Date 23.10.14
    Section River Ribble
    Time: 18:15- 21:25
    Weather conditions: Mild, calm with the odd light shower
    Water conditions: Up about 1.5ft
    Bait – pellet
    Air temp – NT
    Water temp: NT
    Method: Single feeder rod
    Results: 5 barbel & 1 chub

    The river was busier than in previous trips and one chap who was leaving as I arrived had taken 4 barbel to just over 8lb on maggot and hemp.

    The barbel I had were all 4 to 6.5lb and 3 of them (plus one I pulled out of) came in a half hour spell of activity.

    During the lull that followed, I dropped the feeder a couple of yards further down the swim from where I had fished and fed and I picked up the chub almost as soon as the feeder landed. I couldn’t quite claim a 5lb’er. He was a couple pellets short at 4lb 15oz but a lovely long and lean fish. I didn’t manage a repeat on this occasion when I tried the odd drop further down the swim but it often seems to pluck out an extra fish or two when things go quiet and they back off.

    I intended to fish an hour longer than I did, but a long week at work of early starts and staying up too late caught me up and I could feel my eyes going, so I called it quits early as I was in danger of drifting off in my chair.

    It was also very pleasant being out in late October in just a sweater and having warm hands. We are normally starting to scrape the ice of the landing net pole at this time of the year!

    Some interesting points David. I can relate to the shoal fish being quieter on the feeder. In all this year, pegs I have fished have produced fewer fish but of a bigger stamp than normal. However, we have had low water pretty much all summer and autumn and the float has been excellent for good catches of shoal size barbel this year. The better days for catching numbers of shoal fish on the feeder have often been when the river had extra water. In my experience the river changes constantly and I am sure the different conditions in the early part of summer also affect things years later. It keeps it interesting. If we understood it all it would be far less entertaining.

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    Date:.. Thursday 23/10/14
    Venue:... River Ribble
    Time fished:...18:00hrs 23:00hrs
    Weather conditions:... Overcast with the odd heavy shower before dusk, light breeze, no moon
    Water conditions:... EA River level at 04:30hrs @ NJR 0.62M.
    Air temperature:... 15C dropping to 13.1C by the end of the session.
    Water Temperature:... 13.5C
    Bait:... Halibut Pellet & halibut pellet wrapped in cheese paste
    Method:.. 2 rods – Downstream rod fished ¾ across on the outside edge of a large eddy, upstream rod fished bank side edge of the eddy. Both rods with PVA bags of micro-pellets, dried hemp and halibut ground bait. Loose fed both rods with small halibut pellets.
    Results:... Two Barbel 6lb-11oz and 8lb-14oz
    Brief description of the session & remarks:… This was the tail end of another flood pulse. I left the Dales in rain but this cleared somewhat by the time I reached the Ribble and the river looked in good condition, once again there were plenty of salmon lads out and also a couple of course lads. There were plenty of bites from the start but it was an hour before the first barbel came to my rod fished on the outside of a large eddy but I'd to wait another hour before an 8lb-14oz barbel took my bait on the bank side edge of the eddy @ 20:40hrs after that it went dead. As the peg I was fishing 24hrs earlier was under 1M of water it was extremely slippery.

    Dave re your points the chub generally move and spread out into shallow water in the summer and shoal up in deeper slower water in the winter. Chub will also feed in colder water conditions than barbel, I've not yet caught a barbel when the water temp is below 6C. Like the barbel lads catch chub I catch barbel while chub fishing and I don't think barbel drive the chub out of the swims but I can't be certain. The roach on the Ribble have certainly improved, when I do fish with small baits or bread I occasionally pick up some nice roach but I've yet to hit the 2lb+ mark.
    The river changes year on year not just because of geographical changes but also because of missing year classes due to spawning water temps and large flood pulses during or around spawning time. It is possible to loose whole year classes two or three years running. And if like me you are fishing for 4lb+ chub (14 to 16 year old fish) you cant see the bad times creeping up on you.

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    John - Very interesting, thanks. Talking of teenage chub...

    Date:.. Sunday 26th
    Venue:... River Ribble
    Time fished:...17:00hrs to 18.15
    Weather conditions:...Very windy but mild.
    Water conditions:....River dropping, think about 0.45 at Jumbles rock.
    Air temperature:... 15 C
    Water Temperature:... not taken
    Bait:... Pellet
    Method:.. 1 rod ledgered pellet
    Results:... 1 chub about 3.5lb, 1 Chub “well over 5lb” and a final barbel of similar size to the big chub.

    Last minute fishing pass obtained whilst the family were out watching Riverdance, so I decided on a very short session on the Ribble. Fish jumping/rolling all over the place (I always assume Salmonids but some locals insist some are barbel?). I fished for just over an hour and first cast, before my bait settled, I had a chub of about 3.5 lb. Pleased to see a chub as they are far less common than barbel on the stretch I fish. Second cast I had a big chub, the longest chub I have ever seen on the bank. My scales are not accurate so I will only confidently say well over 5 – (it read 5lb 12oz but that is probably way out, I need to buy some new scales but don’t really bother with fish weights these days). I’ve caught heavier chub than this on the Great Ouse, but these were shorter, broader and deeper with large heads and fat bellies. This was almost like a different species, really long and slender, salmon shaped, beautiful and I’ve never really been a chub fan: now if a fish like that put some weight on... About 30 minutes later I had a barbel, about the same size as the chub – interesting to see the difference in the fight! Then I used all my powers of self control and dragged myself away from a river fishing better than it had all year, as I’d promised my 2 young daughters I’d be home in time for Strictly [insert swear word] Come Dancing. The joy of having two young girls! Still 3 fish including my Ribble chub pb in just over an hour, great session, I think I would have had a few more barbel had I stayed.

    As always when the big fish come I was alone and with my didgital camera. But I did get a poor quality photo of the biggie next to my avon scales. Where do you upload photos on this site? I'd appreciate the opinion of the expert chubbers on here with regards weight.

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