A cooler day followed a much cooler night and it had been over a week since I last wetted a line - to the river! Although I managed 4 chub, 4 barbel (two of which were swing-jobs) and a dace with eyes bigger than it's belly - the bigger fish were spooking off the bait...
There is a glitch in my gudgeon fishing. The stick ‘n’ pin is normally set up in my office, I’ll occasionally think 'I fancy a gudgeon', grab the gear, tackle shop on route for half a pint of maggots (ones from the fridge out back - not the display models) and on to the river...
But the tackle shop has closed. A victim of Covid? Brexit?
It takes 24 hours to order maggots from Willy Worms - but I want to go now! Maggots are my go-to gudgeon bait - but bread will have to do. By the way; I’ve been told bread is a rubbish bait for barbel - all my barbel this year and most last year were caught on bread...
Barbel love bread. And gudgeon are pretty much mini barbel!
So on the river, half a bag of bread and... Boom - gudgeon first cast! Followed by a bit of a mixed bag; roach, chub, more gudgeon, ever-present barbel - even a rudd (which flicked out of my hand before the photo - not having much luck with photos recently).
Welcome to the Barbel & Butterfies Blog! After a six hour barbel blank on the south coast, James and I decided to look for some new butterfly species before moving on to the next river - we're running out of new species locally - we never made it to the next river!
Species 37 - Large Blue - thought they'd be bigger.
Species 38 - Lulworth Skipper - is that all the skippers? Nope!
Species 39 - Silver-Studded Blue - on the windswept coast.
Species 40 - Grayling - perfectly camouflaged until they move.
I managed to hit the Small River five times during the opening two weeks in June (one full day and 4 afternoons). Action was explosive with 62 barbel landed - plus a small carp, a pound plus eel and about a dozen chub! The bigger barbel are still elluding me but I'll track them down. Cracking start to the season!!