I will never forget my first two Barbel. They were both caught from the River Ure in North Yorkshire and they gave me quite differing fights. The first one was a fluke capture in the close season. The Ure is a Trout river and as such used to allow fishing in the Trout season from the first of April. The only bait that was allowed was worm(and flies) but that didn't stop us trying for other species under that guise.
I spotted a group of Barbel spawning(I know it was wrong now!-I was only young!) and I cast a big lobworm in the middle of them. One took it straight away and came into the net with about as much fight as a skimmer Bream.
The second Barbel was caught in a much better fashion. I had read about Hemp and Luncheon meat and used them to good effect one hot summers day. This fish set off like a rocket and I remember finally managing to turn it some fifty yards downstream. I can still see the fight in my mind 20+ years later. It was a double and little did I realise at the time that it was actually a river record.
When I started fishing again in 2005 a lot had changed in Barbel terms, designer baits namely halibut pellets were all the rage. My first session for 13 years was down on the Warks Avon and I nailed an 11lb fish from peg 101 at Twyford. Sadly that part of the river is currently closed to anglers.
|11lb 0oz Twyford|
|12lb 4oz 25th September 2007|
|11lb 8oz 5th October 2007|
|13lb 4oz Personal best 9th November 2007|
|10lb 6oz 27th February 2009|
|10lb 15oz 5th February 2010 Flavoured luncheon meat|
|10lb 6oz 3rd July 2011 Luncheon meat-static|