I am still working at catching myself a Hampshire Avon Barbel.
I have gone for the same area as before, for the simple reason that I can park quite close and there is a choice of 4 swims in this area. All have the good potential of producing a nice barbel. Unfortunately, I just can’t get here with enough time to try and spot any fish. So it going to be a bit hit and miss for this Winter. But it’s the only way of getting myself on the bank.
I have dropped four loads out there with a bait dropper of a mix of catalyst pellets and boilies all soaked in hemp & tuna oil. There is a nice big lump of hemp paste wrapped around a 15 mm Catalyst boilies, with 3 ft of semi stiff fin skin, a size 8 Sf wide Gape hook and a couple of blobs of tungsten put along the length of the hooklink. I will do some shots of the rig at home soon for you all.
Unfortunately, no joy. I think I will need to time my trips better with the river conditions as the water was crystal clear.
Until next time
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