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The Association of Barbel Fishers have organised a talk on the 30th May 2012.  If you would like to purchase a ticket please click on the link:  Buy a Ticket

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Just to let you know that the Association of Barbel Fishers have numerous fish-ins planned for the coming season.  There is a 2 day event on the River Wye at Bishopswood, a 3 day event on the River Trent, a 2 day event on the Severn and a 2 day event on the Loddon.  Plus there is a stick float clinic with Keith Speer on the Trent and an evening talk in Basingstoke with some really great guest speakers planned.

Check out the ABF website for info on how to join and what events are planned.

 

Association of Barbel Fishers

Association of Barbel Fishers

Association of Barbel Fishers

 

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Well, what happened to all of that lovely, unseasonably good weather we were having?  The winter has certainly bitten back with a vengeance.

Over the last few weeks we have still been attacking Marsh Farm.  Plenty of tench showing, despite the cold weather.  Most of the tench range from about 3-5.8 pounds, so a very good average.  A fair few crucians coming out as well.  Numerous fish in the 2-2.15 bracket.  Sadly no 3s as of yet but it’s still a little early.  The crucians are being even more tricky than usual, probably due to the low night time temperatures keeping the water temperature down.  They are just such finicky biters sometimes, they can drive you to distraction.

I have persevered with the worms but also tried king prawn.  I just cut slivers off and fish it on a 14 hook.  Thinking of trying some float fished paste.  Big lumps on a fine wire 6 or 8 hook, fished in conjunction with a very small waggler and no weights.  I’ll just use the weight of the paste to cock the float.  Bites should show very easily and the float will offer very little resistance, if any.

We’ll see how well it works soon.

 

 

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