Barbel fishing in flood water
When your local river is in flood all is not lost. Barbel are sometimes more eager to feed in these conditions and it becomes easier to locate them.

So on a very rainy day in december i decided to take a trip to my local stretch and have a crack at the flood conditions. As soon as i arrived on the bank i found a little swim with slack water and a tree half submerged downstream. I know Barbel come out around this area and with most other parts of the river a torrent of brown water it seamed like the obvious swim to plonk a bait into.

I kept the rigs simple with just a sliding pebble on 10lb line with a size 8 hook. I also attached two bait bands to the shank of the hook so i could put two Nash (Monster Barbel) boilies on. The smellier the baits the better in these types of conditions.

After putting in a couple of freebies i gently cast my rig into the slack water just off of the tree. And then cowered under a tree from a heavy storm!

Within 20 minutes my rod tip flew round and i was into a Barbel. Now one thing to mention about fighting a Barbel in flood conditions is to keep then from heading into the main flow of the river. Because if you think a Babel has got power just wait until you add the force of a swollen river. Unfortunately for me i had just this problem and it was a relief to get it out of the main flow and into the net. Not a monster at 4 1/2lb but not a bad Barbel.

Back in went the rig and after a few hours and a few more storms, which on some occasions were pleasant to watch, my tip flew around again. Another barbel had fallen for the bait. This also went tearing off but this time i kept it in the slack water. As i was playing this fish the heavens opened and i settled for a guessed weight of 5lb. Just a little bigger than the previous one. I gave it another hour but with increasing high winds, driving rain and fading light i decided it was best to pack up. But what at first looked like one of those days hampered by the weather had turned into a great winters Barbel session and gave me a lot of hope for catching more throughout the winter.

 

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