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Old 21-06-2008, 09:16 PM
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Default barbel fishing, on the river ribble?

alright guys, i'm interested in doing some barbel fishing. i was wondering whether anyones had any barbel from the ribble?
i have a strech of the ribble on my st.h aa ticket. so would love to give it ago.
also, would the average carping gear be suitable for barbel? 3lb test rods, or would i be better stepping the gear down.
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Old 21-06-2008, 09:33 PM
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depends on the average size of fish and amount of weed/snags really

fish the dane a lot and use avon rods as the average fish is 4 pound with little weed/snags

same on the ribble- if the swim is clear then step down for more fun
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Old 22-06-2008, 10:27 AM
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thanks for the reply bud. u done any barbel bashing on the ribble?

i have acouple of 1 3/4 tc rods i used to use for my specimen tench/bream fishing. think i'll give the dust awhipe off these
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Old 22-06-2008, 11:35 AM
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a few of my mates fish the ribble for barbel, they have been complaining that its very low, very weedy and in desperate need of a good flush through at the moment
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Old 22-06-2008, 11:53 AM
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think i may hold back for awhile then, till we get some decent bad weather, rain. can't be that far away, as we live in england
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the weed is on the move, altho we do need a good downpoor to sort it out,
i've had a good few barbel from the Elston stretch, but nout massive, this was the biggest at about 7lb,



loads of chub, roach, dace and eels there,

3lb rods are a no go, way to stiff, use the 1 3/4's, theres not many snaggs on that part of the ribble but wait till its up a few feet and got abit of colour in it, otherwise it will be pointless as the barbel will just not feed,

rigwise i like to go with silkworm as the hooklink and korda wide gapes in an 8 with a 16mm halibut pellet on the hook, or a 15mm source boilie, and in the feeder lots of differnt sized pellets in my feeder with a good pellet/fishmeal groundbait

hope this helps mate!


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Old 25-06-2008, 03:46 PM
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im on there tomorrow (river ribble) will let you know how i get on ......

................. watch this space
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Old 25-06-2008, 04:03 PM
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Had my first barbel from Elston Lane about 30 yrs ago believe it or not, was about 2lb and got in the local paper at the time as they were only just getting established in the Ribble then

Used to get quite a few on the stick float around 5lb-ish from the same stretch when I last fished it regularly, that was only about 20 yrs ago
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Old 25-06-2008, 09:34 PM
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thanks for reply guys.
i've got a strech at elston on one of my club cards, so its the area i'd be fishing.
think i'll have to invest in a soft rod, as my 3lb prodigys bit stiff.
thanks for the tips jamie, crackin' fish u got there fella.
keep us updated lee, be good to hear how u get on.....
goin' down the severn this weekend for a quick session, see if i can get into it.....
think i'll hold off the ribble jus for now, till some decent rain comes in....
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Old 26-06-2008, 03:39 PM
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was today enough rain for you?
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Old 26-06-2008, 03:56 PM
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nothing much to report today couple of bites but nothing special, managed to hit a small chub thats all

the water is still low and come to think of it there was no body else on the stretch of river we were (does this tell you something as well) like the above post states was their enough rain, (no) but its on its way as soon as the water rises a bit more it should start to pick up (these are the bailiffs words not mine).

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may be back after the weekend if it gives it a could chuck down in the next couple of days
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Old 28-06-2008, 08:10 PM
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Default The Ribble

fished it loads, infact it is one of the best places to fish, had barbel to 12.5 last season but one from Elston.....
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