These have been caught up to 9lb 12oz but are very much underfished. The facts are that fish are often a little skinny still after spawning, and if there’s been a particularly cold spring, then bites are really hard to come by. The previous day though the temps had been 5.5 degrees which just goes to show that a rise of only 1 degree overnight was all that was needed to trigger a feeding spell. In general, the first couple of weeks after June 16th are slow – the fishing can be frustratingly hit and miss, most likely due to expectations running high after 3 months away from the river! Once the water temperatures have stabilised there is every chance of catching one, providing they can be located. Prices: £75 a season, Pulborough AS. As the water temperatures are dropping alongside the air temperatures it’s highly unlikely barbel will feed at all as they lie up whilst their bodies acclimatise to the changing environment around them. A good double figure fish on a very short winter session, Digital Thermometer, an essential piece of the winter barbel anglers armoury. Vaughan Thomas talks about…, Rising in the mountains of mid Wales, the river Wye offers some of the most diverse fishing in the…, Your continued use of this website implies consent for usage of cookies. For those who do use a thermometer I will say not to get too hung up on what it says at the particular time it’s in use. It doesn’t need to be complicated. As more fish are taken, the bait is used almost exclusively, which results in the barbel in a particular location becoming completely preoccupied with it. To add to this the barbel is an accommodating fish that can be caught with relative ease, and perhaps with a simpler skill set compared to fishing for other species. Get it right and fish when conditions are great then the results can be spectacular but if the conditions are poor (which is the case more often than not) then unless you put your hookbait on the nose of a barbel then a blank session is highly likely. Their origin is not confirmed, but however introduced, it’s clear the population of barbel, albeit with a distinct lack of smaller fish, are doing very well. Further down on the Algarve we have the Southern Barbel, a beautiful fish which fights double what you might be used to with English fish of the same size, only last week in middle of winter we had over 50 fish to 11lbs in one day. One of the bonuses is all species can be caught on float, chub, dace, roach, bleak, and this can keep the angler entertained even if no barbel. Then past Bedwas, Trethomas, Machen, Draethen, Llanrumney and Rumney and with its estuary to the east of Cardiff. I put only 2 boilies in as freebies which I’d broken in half and these were flicked in down the margin a half at a time, I didn’t want to concentrate the food offerings to tightly, hopefully spreading them out a little would see a barbel or 2 move around searching the food source out. The upper reaches of the Severn are renowned for big grayling, and although the river heads out of Wales as barbel come into the equation they are worth fishing for in the border area, being found in the river as far upstream as Welshpool. Considering that our fishing has been restricted to during daylight hours only, we have enjoyed some cracking Barbel fishing. The Taff attracts a good number of anglers who focus on the barbel fishing and are known to keep the most productive swims a closely guarded secret. My first Trent “double” and not a bad result for my first cast of the trip! The first 2 days saw me working which for me was fine as this fitted in with me missing the very beginning of a change in conditions whilst the fish acclimatised and hopefully come day 3 they’d be up for a morsel or 2 of food. More often than not the clocks going back can signal a feeding frenzy amongst many species, barbel included as they prepare themselves for what can be a long, cold winter. The river runs south from its source near Rhymney high in the Welsh valleys through New Tredegar, Bargoed, Ystrad Mynach, Llanbradach to Caerphilly at the southern end of the Rhymney Valley. I was on the bank for a total of 1 ½ hours and home for 8pm. Website: www.pulboroughas.com Early season hemp and caster is renowned as a favourite, the barbel keen to grub around and graze rather than take bigger, oily baits. This can really help build a picture of what’s happening in the coming days and help you to plan a session so you’re on the banks at the best times. Eventually it made it in to the net and it was my first ever Thames double at 11lb 4oz. Let’s say the whole of December has seen sub-zero temperatures with a cold northerly or easterly wind blowing but moving into the New Year the forecasters are telling us to expect a few days of south westerly winds bringing with it a low pressure front and some warmer temperatures into double figures. When I was seventeen years old, I caught a 9lb 12oz barbel, and a week later I lost a certain double-figure barbel right at the net, after an epic fight going through several weed beds. In a flood the feeder is still arguably the most productive method however. There may not be as many stillwater fisheries around the UK as there once were but what we do have…, What tackle do you need for bass fishing?? There are reports of good sized barbel being caught on the Vrynwy from llandysilio area to its junction with the Severn, although it is very underfished. Rather than look at the winter as a whole and cover November right through to mid March I’ll take a look at a typical period of weather that could normally be expected in the depths of winter. New bait lands double figure barbel November 20, 2018 Sam Curtis Alfie Naylor and Brian Skoyles have enjoyed some incredible barbel sport of late whilst testing a new bait from Nutrabaits, which is designed specifically for the species. But multiple catches can still be made, and occasional double-figure fish feature, too. In 1956 the Angling Times introduced 509 barbel to the River Severn, and at the same time a few barbel were also introduced to the River Wye, as well as numerous other rivers in the UK – they have thrived in all. It was a long fish but looked a good one… and the scales registered a weight of 12lb 4oz. Our young barbel were bred from brood stock fish from the river Derwent, which hosts a strain of powerful fish with good growth rates that are able to reach double figures They were supplied by Epperstone Park Hatcheries in Nottinghamshire. A good double figure fish on a very short winter session Digital Thermometer, an essential piece of the winter barbel anglers armoury There’s a lot written and said about the exact water temperatures that are good for winter barbel fishing, I carry a digital thermometer with me everywhere when I’m fishing, taking water temperatures regularly. Barbel can be caught year round (during the coarse season), the best time to fish for them depends on how you want to fish for them, and whether you’re after size, quality, or numbers of fish. In the last 10 years barbel fishing popularity has escalated to a point where it is arguably, after carp, the most fished for species in the UK. The Wye is especially important for nature conservation, with numerous designations – the lower valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with the entire system designated as both a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC). It wasn’t until the mid 90’s though that they became a realistic target on the Wye. Once the water temperatures have lowered however and become constant barbel will feed, although it’s highly likely it’ll be for a very short, defined period each day so being on the banks at the right time is essential and even then there’s no guarantees. Day 3 and I was working until 4pm, rushing around I was on the river and fishing for 6pm, fishing just a single hookbait in the first of 4 swims I’d identified. Due to barbel giving everything in the fight, they must be handled with care when unhooking and returning. After landing the fish I took a reading of 6.5 degrees Celsius, now if I’d done this upon arrival or in previous seasons there’s every chance I’d have lost confidence and not fished effectively as the low temperature would have put me off. Come the beginning of January there was a sign of the weather starting to improve for just a few days and with this a possible opportunity for some barbel action. Fish samples. Rather than labour the point of whens best to go here’s the story of the only 3 barbel I caught during the early part of last year. Here, the angling history runs deep, and you’re never far from a “Severn angler” who’ll gladly recollect stories of bus loads of anglers of all ages turning up to fish. The river begins in Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri, in Snowdonia. Keep your eyes open for part 2 of my winter barbel approach where I will look at different baits and their applications. Like all freshwater species, barbel are cold blooded so therefore the lower the water temperature the slower their natural metabolism. You can read more on float fishing for barbel in this article…. I'm convinced Avon barbel spook when presented with beds of bait so I like to put a bed upstream to pull fish in but make sure a bait is presented further away to pick up wary fish. Mark Doherty reported a 17 lb 9 oz giant in 2015. A few nice fish in the net soon shelved that idea and I was once again captivated by the species. Perhaps with environmental changes heading warmer, then numbers will pick up even more so. Our guests have had up to 35 fish averaging over 6lb in one day session and many double figure fish banked. The fishing is anything but easy with many stretches banning night fishing, limited swims and some rather precarious areas that the fish inhabit. Another bream just under 6lb is the last fish of the session and then it goes quite and the bites stop completely. With a warm flood being infrequent, this is no doubt welcomed by the barbel and they are renowned for taking the opportunity and “switch on”. New PB Grayling! At first I thought it was a chub, as it shook its head and thumped about, but it soon realized what was happening and screamed off downstream and convinced me it was no mere chub. The huge Thames barbel came when Buckinghamshire-based self-employed plaster Ryan Pevy tackled the middle reaches of the mighty river. Lactic acid build up in the fishes muscles during a fight with a hooked barbel can be exasperated with the current high water temps and low DO levels, this can cause acidification of the barbels blood which can cause the complete metabolic breakdown of the barbel, it may swim off strong out of instinct and you may treat it with the utmost care whilst in you try to resuscitate them, but this … In this article for the Fishing In Wales blog Adam Fisher of Angling Dreams takes a look at river fishing for barbel in Wales, including places to catch them, the best times to fish for them and barbel fishing methods and tactics. Swim feeder with groundbait, and pellet on the hook is first port of call for many – varying the hooklength from a foot up to 4 foot being the most useful variation for many years. Through winter up to February again only a warm flood is tantalising enough for many to reach for the barbel rod. As a result, these days game and coarse anglers co-exist on the river. In the winter months barbel will lie up torpid for long periods of time, conserving their energy and only feeding should a morsel of food come within a small distance or right past their nose.