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First Barbel of the year...

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Hi

Haven't managed to get on the Trent for a while - had an evening session near Newark & landed a PB Barbel of 12lb 6oz! Only fish of the day but 100% worth it!

Last year I managed several low doubles & a 5.5lb PB chub so its a decent stretch.

Photo is bad as I was on my own & wanted to get her back into the flow asap

Back again in a few weeks....

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I would sooner see a photo like that than one with fish out of water well done again for treating with respect 

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Shouldn't even be in the river, according to Wild Justice, it is an illegally released (for sport!) non-native species! :ermm: Lol!

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Nice fish! Otters have had a lot of the whoppers!   Again! Very few folk realise how much Angling clubs and anglers do for conservation!     NB

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I remember back in the very hot summer of 76 my friend and my self fished at iron bridge back of the foundry where it narrows of we could not go wrong on oxo size squares of luncheon meat fished on the float with a string on swan shot to get it down must have had hundred between we what a day and being young men we took our shirts of and got terrible sun burn but what a day.

 

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17 hours ago, panoma1 said:

Shouldn't even be in the river, according to Wild Justice, it is an illegally released (for sport!) non-native species!  Lol!

Ah, but all eastern flowing rivers in England were supposed to have held them at one point, dating back to the end of the last ice age when, what is now the Rhine, ran through the plains that are now under the North Sea.

Now, if it was from the Hampshire Avon you could have a point :lol:.

14 hours ago, NatureBoy said:

Nice fish! Otters have had a lot of the whoppers!   Again! Very few folk realise how much Angling clubs and anglers do for conservation!     NB

The massive, Great Ouse and Ivel fish. I bet the Wensum has suffered too from otter predation.

20 hours ago, gsalmons said:

Hi

Haven't managed to get on the Trent for a while - had an evening session near Newark & landed a PB Barbel of 12lb 6oz! Only fish of the day but 100% worth it!

Last year I managed several low doubles & a 5.5lb PB chub so its a decent stretch.

Photo is bad as I was on my own & wanted to get her back into the flow asap

Back again in a few weeks....

20190706_192139.jpg

A cracker, sir.

 

I have fished pretty much every river that holds them, south of the Great Ouse for barbel. Wonderful fish.

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Brilliant result. Well done. Haven't seen a fish of that size for may years particularly since the otters have come back.

The Trent is definitely the place to go for a big one at the moment.

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They tried stocking Barbel in the river Wavney (Norflk Suffolk) boarder in the 90's. Same time Earsham otter trust (beside the wavney) were releasing otters. Tho they they denied it. They cleared the barbel out! Maybe barbel are easy for them to catch? Or because eels were in decline. Same time they released otters in the upper Alde to. Near old estate lakes we had (found fake holts) and they ravaged the ancient stock of a few true Leny strain of carp in a few months. Killing and eating some. Ripping guts and tales/fins off others. We rescued  3.  Last one minus a fin died in a farm pool 2 years ago. Some recon it was 50 year old and about 30LB.  An old gal on farm would tap on a stake and it would come to her and she hand fed it sprouts of all things.   NB 

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1 hour ago, NatureBoy said:

They tried stocking Barbel in the river Wavney (Norflk Suffolk) boarder in the 90's. Same time Earsham otter trust (beside the wavney) were releasing otters. Tho they they denied it. They cleared the barbel out! Maybe barbel are easy for them to catch? Or because eels were in decline. Same time they released otters in the upper Alde to. Near old estate lakes we had (found fake holts) and they ravaged the ancient stock of a few true Leny strain of carp in a few months. Killing and eating some. Ripping guts and tales/fins off others. We rescued  3.  Last one minus a fin died in a farm pool 2 years ago. Some recon it was 50 year old and about 30LB.  An old gal on farm would tap on a stake and it would come to her and she hand fed it sprouts of all things.   NB 

Barbel do seem to suffer from otter predation. A crying shame about those Leneys.

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Cracking fish, well done to the OP.

On 19/07/2019 at 16:08, Penelope said:

Barbel do seem to suffer from otter predation. A crying shame about those Leneys.

I took a picture of a barbel that had had its gizzard chewed out by an otter which had left it upside down on a tuft of grass just upstream from Bewdley between Christmas and the New Year several years back. I had to climb down by rope to get a close up pic and the picture later did the rounds with Trefor or Ray if I recall correctly, I should try to dig it out.

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On 18/07/2019 at 16:16, panoma1 said:

Shouldn't even be in the river, according to Wild Justice, it is an illegally released (for sport!) non-native species!  Lol!

Really? I used to catch them years and years ago! Always taken as an indication of how good the condition of the water is.

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