Big barbel hunting - A cracker of a start to the season

in myhuntingfishing •  4 months ago

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So the season began on the 16th of June and work had me tied down unable to fish, however I have managed to get myself a few short sessions to kick off the new season off.
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having had my name down on a waiting list for a stretch of river for over a year now, this year I got the call to tell me I had my membership accepted. It did not take me long before I had the bait and rods at the ready waiting for a good chance between work and family life to explore my new fishing grounds.
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That chance came last week and so my campaign began with a current pb of 13.5lb barbel from my river to beat.
I went for walks along the river looking for likely swims that should hold a fish or two and started to pre-bait some areas. Over 3kg of home made boilies and mixed pellets have been spread across 5 nice looking swims in the aid to get the fish feeding confidently ready for my return.
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It was clear on my first fishing session that my efforts had paid off with 9 barbel and a chub between me and a friend. I had three and he had 6 along with losing a few between, the biggest going on for 8lb. No big monsters yet but a great start.

The second session was by far the session of a lifetime and a great achievement.
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I set up on a peg that i had pre-baited and trickled in a few baits here and there for a few hours before putting a rig into the water. I wanted to get the confidence up and have them sucking up my free offerings to ensure a solid take.
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The rod was in the water for no less than 15 mins when a savage bite broke out stripping line from the reel. My heart jumped into my mouth!

The barbel really started to feed hard on the bait as i could see the constant banging into the line where the fish were feeding around my hookbait and the water became cloudy from the silt. I fed some more baits into the swim and gave the fish some more time to get their nose's down.

After a good hour of waiting I introduced both rods back into the baited area.

I started to pack my stuff away ready to move in the event of nothing happening when a full on bend in the rod screamed off downstream on the far bank. Quickly leaping to the rod and lifting into the bite i could tell this was if anything a long fish by its big head movements beating side to side. There was plenty of overhanging trees that the Barbel could snag me in so I had to be the bully and not give any line. After a good 15 mins battle with the fish I had developed a tremble knowing I had a real prize of a fish here.
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I slipped the net under a golden bar of pure adrenaline pumping barbel and it was big!
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The scales died on me as I tried to zero them with the net so its unfortunate I have no accurate weight to give it but speaking with others that are professional anglers with plenty of big fish under their belts gave me a good 14.5lb to be conservative.

I have now made getting a new set of scales that dont need batteries as my priority after this event but nobody will take away the flood of excitementbI experienced landing such a great fish on my local river where the average good size is about 7-9lb.
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Thanks for taking the time out to read about the start of my season.
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What are boilies and mixed pellets?

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The red and brown baits in the tub are boilies. . Fishmeal powder with flavours added along with egg and rolled using a special table that makes balls then boiled for 60 seconds.

Pellets are just a pressed fishmeal pellet tjat come in various flavours.

Great bottom feeder baits.