Autumn Barbel fishing on the Avon
Autumn is now in full swing and my thoughts are now on fishing for Barbel. The chosen venue over the next couple of weeks was to be the River Avon. It was now the middle of October and I headed out for my first trip up the Avon, the conditions couldn’t be worse. The river was low and clear coupled with a very bright day. I could see the bottom in near enough every swim I fished in. I was still keen to get stuck in.
I strolled the river for the first half an hour just trying to spot some fish. This was the first time I had fished this specific stretch of the Avon so I was just enjoying being at a new stretch. I had been walking for about half an hour now, traveling light was key as I’d be knackered by now otherwise.
I approached a really narrow and low stretch of the river with a large tree overhanging a gravel run. Straight away I started to spot fish ghosting in and out of the cover, there was a very small swim further up from the tree where I would be able to position a bait as close to the snaggy tree as I dare. I entered the swim as quiet as I possibly could. I steadily started feeding hemp and 4mm pellet. I could now see fish feeding my side of the tree on the small gravel run, it was time to position my hook bait. I crept up to a comfortable casting position where I could get as close to the tree as possible, the rig went in bang on the money! I was set up with a one foot fluorocarbon hook length, 8lb mainline with a 1.1oz running lead on. If I were to hook a chub let alone a barbel I would have to hold on for dear life allowing no line to be taken. The rod must have only been on the spot about five minutes before it savagely buckled! I was now lent into a River Avon train, the rod was well in excess of its test curve. After about ten minutes of getting the Barbel away from the snag then getting bullied back within inches of the tree, a stunning Avon Barbel was now in my net. What a buzz it was stalking barbel in the gin clear water, and what a cracker it turned out to be!! The chosen hook bait was a glugged 10mm source boilie which I personally think is ideal in these low clear conditions.
After that explosive, exciting action I knew straight away there was no chance of getting another Barbel out of the same peg anytime soon. I then wandered off in search of more gold. I ended up dropping in a few pegs down this particular stunning stretch of the Avon. I was really enjoying fishing the narrow snaggy pegs, I had several chub along the way all around the 4lb mark, which in anyone’s book is great fishing.
It was now getting late and the temperature was rapidly dropping, I entered a peg with slightly deeper water and fed hemp and 4mm pellet for around half an hour before introducing a bait. I then felt it was time and I gently flicked my 1.1oz gripper on to the dance floor. Within ten minutes the tip was around again resulting in a perfect barbel around the 3lb mark, the size was irrelevant, I was chuffed. What a first day on the Avon I had…