Friday 1 July 2022

June barbel ( the hard river)

 A couple of days after the 16th I headed straight to the river after work for a short session, in the hope of trying to locate any remaining barbel in this river. I had half a dozen sessions last season without hooking one, spent a good number of hours in the closed season walking the banks without managing to spot one.

I know barbel fishing on this river is going to be a real struggle but I am determined to catch a double from this water before they no longer exist.

A 3lb chub on my first visit

A larger chub of 4lb 15oz on my second short session

A chub on each of my first sessions, usually I try my best to avoid the chub whilst targeting barbel but there are some very big chub on one of the stretches, so rigs have been adapted to give me a fair chance of catching either species.  

I decided to travel further downstream for my next session, a slower, deeper stretch of river that held a decent head of barbel a decade or so ago. I lightly baited an area on the far bank and one closer in, a rod length or so out. I generally only fish one rod at a time for barbel on the northern rivers, 30 minutes in one spot then try the other for half an hour whilst baiting the first area. 10 minutes after my third cast into the near bank area the rod flew rod, very obviously a barbel! 
Just over a pound added to my best from this difficult river - 9lb 9oz

Very pleased to have landed a barbel on my 3rd visit, especially with it being a new river best and less than half a pound from being a double. A massive confidence boost and I know what stretch I'll be heading to next time I am able to get out.


  1. Lovely chub, and that barbel will be a double by the end of the year - cracker!

  2. Well done Darren. Am wondering which is the difficult river up here, I can't seem to get a Barbel on any!! Am sure you will get that double soon, good luck!!

    1. Cheers Adam. Most of the rivers up here can an be moody at times, keep at it you’ll find them soon enough.

  3. Very satisfying to get one when the odds are stacked against you heavily, that will hopefully be the beginning of a purple patch and give you a better insight into what is still present, if theres one, there should be more in that general area. Tight Lines Darren and keep us posted!!!