Monday, 30 November 2009

Avon at Barford

Barry introduced me to another stretch of water, the river Avon at Barford. It was just on a guest day ticket with a view to getting a season ticket for next season.
With my trip to China and Christmas shopping last weekend, I haden't been fishing for four weeks and was eager to get a line wet even if I didn't catch anything.
There was a slight mix up over dates which didn't allow us the freedom to fish the best pegs, this was because of a match between pegs 51 and 100.
I'd heard tales of the Barbel along this stretch as well as big Zander and Pike so I went equipped to target both Barbel and predators. The stretch from peg 50, above the weir, was at our disposal though I really liked the look of the stretch the matchmen had below the weir. The swims we fished were very wide and slow moving with plenty of colour from the recent rain. I put a feeder towards an overhanging willow with a view to catching a Chub or Barbel, anything would do, the second rod was baited with a small Roach and cast around to various parts to try and tempt one of the resident predators. A few hours passed and we hadn't caught anything, we asked the chap fishing the match on peg 52 how he was getting on and he'd had two Barbel of 11 and 14 pound which was good news, even though I wasn't catching it's nice to know fish of this quality were swimming in these waters.
The match finished at half three and I decided to have a go for a Barbel for the last hour before dark, Barry was to fish one of his favourite pegs for a Zander. I tried my best putting a good quality bait out into a spot that looked very 'barbely' but the light faded really quickly and that hour seemed to fly. I made my way down to where Barry was fishing and being the expert on this stretch in that last hour he'd had four runs with one Zander and one Pike on the bank both at the same time.

The Zander looked to be around 5lb

Will have to try again soon!

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