Brought up fishing the River Torne in Auckley using classic bread and stick float tactics, bags of roach, silver bream and the occasional chub were my main targets. However looking through my dad’s old fishing album, numerous images of Tidal Trent carp caught my attention and so in 2009 I persuaded him to take me back to his old stomping grounds. It was this experience that curved my fishing attention towards barbel. In 2009 with my rod tips pointing skywards, an explosive take resulted in me netting my first barbel.
Over the last few seasons I have dramatically developed my approach, set up and watercraft skills specifically targeting barbel on the Tidal and Middle Trent. However as the season’s change I adapt my fishing to suit, aiming to land specimen fish along the way.
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