So finally the rivers are open again and for the first time in ages I was positively champing at the bit to get out and get amongst them; rigs tied, tackle boxes sorted, reels re-spooled, bait made. For the first time in a few seasons I was up for it big style.
In September 2012 I started what I had dreamt of as a young lad and that was to study fishery management at Sparsholt College in Hampshire. Sadly since starting there I haven’t had much time to get on the bank due to college work and whenever I came home I had work on so fishing took a back step for a while.
This year has seen many tackle manufacturers trying to join the plastic revolution, bringing out all manner of bits and pieces. This means that Enterprise Tackle really had to step it up a notch this year in order to stay the biggest and the best in the market, in my opinion they have raised the bar considerably with the new products that are set to take the market by storm.
The two weather conditions that strike fear into most river anglers, Indeed most anglers full stop, are ‘frost’ and ‘flood’ and this season we have had more than our fair share of both! In this two-part blog I’m going to be taking a quick look at both and, hopefully, be removing some of that fear from them.
For some reason floodwater seems to stump more river anglers than the cold, clear and frosty conditions I looked at in the first part of this two-part blog and that, to me is a mystery as flood conditions – so long as they are the ‘right’ type of flood conditions are the very best of times to be out barbel fishing – it’s when the whackers come out to play!
Fishing floodwater – providing you are careful – can be one of the most productive of all conditions for catching barbel, especially if the flood is as a result of heavy, warm rainfall after a cold snap. Indeed, I would go as far as to say it is my favourite of all barbel conditions – the time I simply drop everything and get out there!