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Old 10-11-2017, 18:02
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Hi all Iím new to the forum and fairly new to the barbelling. Iím thinking of doing a lot more river fishing over the next few years to break the monotony of carping. Iíve done a few sessions recently and have had a few nice barbel up to 7lb or so, but as winters rolling round Iím just wondering if people still fish for the barbel all the way through or do people tend just fish for whateverís biting to get a bend in the rod. I had a good few blanks last winter (still better than being stuck indoors). But Iíve got a better idea of swims etc this year so on the milder days Iím hoping to at least be in with a better chance this year.
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Old 10-11-2017, 20:26
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I practice almost every aspect of the sport so just move with the seasons rather than fishing for barbel all season. I get just as much enjoyment from a January cod as I do a July barbel.
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Old 10-11-2017, 21:10
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Not many Cod in Ross on Wye....but perch pike roach chub and grayling to target.

Then back to barbel at top weights Feb and March given decent weather.
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Old 10-11-2017, 21:49
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So what temperatures do most of you jack in the Barbel hunting?
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Old 10-11-2017, 23:01
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I never Jack it in. I love fishing for barbel throughout, and so often I don't see a sole, but then again I often (if I'm lucky ) don't see a sole anyway. You can't catch sitting at home.
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Old 10-11-2017, 23:06
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Temperature tendency is probably more important than a specific temperature. Temperature rising a few degrees in mid-winter can often trigger a feeding spell just as a cold flush in mid-summer can often knock them off the feed.
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Old 10-11-2017, 23:09
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Great play on seafish Mr. Whiteing.D

You're my Ray of Sunshine.
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Old 10-11-2017, 23:11
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You're right Gavin, but if you plan to fish a session on a certain day then it's pot luck as to the trend on that day. I've rarely ever cancelled a trip unless it's to a river a long way away

Also the reason why I don't take a thermometer any more. I used to but was kinda put off when it read low. Best to not know, and live in hope
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Old 10-11-2017, 23:13
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Old 10-11-2017, 23:24
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When the river temp falls below 43 f and water is clear I switch over to the float or feeder fishing. During periods of high pressure and low water I would continue fishing this method any increases in temp even was as low as 40f and rising you still have a channce of Barbel on the feeder although if targeteding them step the gear up 7 pound bottom line with a size 14 hook. After a prolonged long cold spell low pressure heavy rain that's the time to bait a few swims and fish as soon the river starts to fine down.
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