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Barbel

BARBEL - Barbus barbus

The Barbel is a fast water fighter and a worthy adversary for any coarse fisherman. A Barbel of 7lb is considered a specimen and anything over 10lb, the fish of a lifetime.

Identification
Barbel have a rounded back and tapered torpeado-shaped body, with paddle-like fins. Perfect for fast flowing rivers! The mouth is set under the head with four barbules, two at each corner of a thick, rubbery mouth.  
Being from the Carp family, their colours are very similar, with brown to olive-green backs, bronzed flanks and creamy white bellies. The dorsal fin is concave, relatively short, with eleven rays, whilst the lower fins are large and reddish in colour. The tail is forked with the upper lobe being pointed and the lower rounded. The scales are small in relation to the size of the fish, as are the eyes, which are set high on the head.

BRITISH RECORD - 21lb 1oz - Caught by Graham King, Great Ouse, Adams Mill, Bedfordshire 2006
 

RECOMMENDED TACKLE

ROD: The Neoteric XS range of twin top and Multi-Quiver rods are perfect for barbel fishing, whether targeting small, slow moving rivers or much larger tidal stretches. With everything from a 1.5lb quiver top to a 2.2lb hollow top, base the rod around the size of the venue and the flow on the day.

REEL: The Korum KXi reel is purpose built for hard fighting fish like a barbel. Leave the reel in freespin mode when waiting for the tip to pull round, indicating a bite.

LINE: Use at least 8lb main line to help absorb the lunges of bigger barbel and use at least an 8lb breaking strain hooklink.

HOOKS: A size 16 will be okay for most barbel fishing situations, but don't be afraid to use anything up to a size 6 for bigger baits and bigger fish in snaggy swims.

TACTICS: A maggot feeder packed with maggots is a perfect barbel approach, using a Korum Running Rig Kit to setup a safe, reliable running rig. Use longer hooklinks in a faster flow with a pellet or luncheon meat hookbait, and shorter hooklinks in slow moving rivers.

 

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