Well we are about four weeks away from the start of the river season.Many anglers across the various forums are champing at the bit for the hallowed June the sixteenth.Plans are being made,tales of two day sessions and hauling plenty of "Boris" are in the offing.Plans to pre-bait,spod out loads of bait and I dare say masturbate,are what a real Barbel angler mostly aspire to these days?Or is it?
It was a very warm April and "Agent Farmpton" and company were all in a lather as they were last Spring.Asking people to report back to Spawn Spot HQ, as this time it's the real deal and it will show the "Close Season" is needed.And what has happened it has got a little colder.And with no rain on the horizon, with the rivers down south looking dire,how many of you so called "Barbel Anglers" will leave it a while?And a three year plan to study,study what guys? Spawning data? Come on we are all better than that.They can and will spawn as and when,they have been about long before us so let 'em be.Well not us as man kind,but long before some of the "Saps" who just target Barbel.
Will the Barbel Spawn in time?Will those who preach to "Us" about the close not sally fourth on the sixteenth?The whole pious attitude to me stinks to high heaven.But hey I'm just a grumpy git.I must add though I wish the Barbel Show all the best in June.I adore the fact that Jon Berry is doing his stint.Nowt like getting way from the "Floppy Hatter" guise is there chaps.We must move forward from the "Floppy Hatter Image",but when your in a hole lads, who you gonna call....?"Cane Busters".
I'll throw in some photos from the past,just to keep it real....No weights as pounds and ounces always detract to some extent.
February Barbel above.
End of July Barbel above.
September Barbel above.
Little Common July.....
There we have it,all river fish.And let us wait in quiet contemplation and think before we cast a line for certain species.When so many are so stringent on certain dates.