I spent Friday evening back on the banks of the Irwell, this time equiped with two rods rather than one.
Straight lead with a banded 10mm Halibut pellet on each rod. No bites in 4 hours – not even a twitch. Sitting on a river bank with only quiver tips to concentrate on soon results in my attention wandering – i did enjoy myself feeding the minnows though.
I spoke to a guy who told me that he had been fishing the river for the last 25 years and had only caught one Barbel and that was 7 years ago!
Maybe I might not achieve my target this year but it won’t be for lack of trying.
The next time I go to a tackle shop I am going to buy a baiting needle so that i can hair rig rather than band the bait and also buy some pva bags so that i can groundbait more accurately.
Running total now up to 7 hours.
manchester fishing Irwell Ribble Trout
ste w says
I have just been looking for info on barbel fishing on the goyt on bfw. I thought i had found a small amount of info on barbel in the irwell which i was going to share with you. Unfortunately when i got to the bottom of the post i found a link to this blog!
Mike Duddy says
So now you can see why i drive up to the Ribble to satisfy my barbel cravings.
I will be using different tactics on a different part of the river on Thursday.
You watch this space – i will watch my quiver tips – neither will move.
faint heart never won a fair lady
or so they say
gr8 pic of the feeding fish