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All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« on: February 14, 2012, 09:47:40 AM »
Hi guys thought I would create a Barbel thread for different discussions...

I have a question, when it comes to Winter what are your methods of targeting  :brbel: as they almost go off the bite completely... I have struggled with them in Winter  duh

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 10:11:48 AM »
Roodeplaat off a boat using lure is the way to go from what I heard...
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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2012, 10:24:34 AM »
Sounds interesting!

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2012, 10:48:54 AM »
I read the following once somewhere:
1. you need the size of the dam you are fishing the bigger it is the less the water temp will drop and the more active the barbel are.

2. even in the cold barbel do feed but not as much they move slower and strike less so you need to know where the are more or lessvvidevb

3. you can look at the surounding areas they are most likely to be lying near reeds in the deeper end under trees and out of the streem ( if fishing river) So you will need to place it as close to those types of places for your best chance at catching them.
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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2012, 11:11:39 AM »
Awesome info Clint!

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2012, 11:59:43 AM »
Did not know that barbel take strip baits. Any one catch Abel (god father) on ASFN last night using this method?

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2012, 12:00:08 PM »
A tip I was told by a vaal river old timer was to spread tiny feed balls over a larger area.

The idea he said is that the oils tend not to disperse as much as in summer due to the cold water so the fish are not called to your main feed spot. He stressed that the "calling baits" need to be tiny. He used balls the size of marbles and mixed betanine pellets with something. Can't remember what duh the idea is that you need to attract the fish but not give them anything substantial to feed on. Makes sense in my head?

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2012, 12:10:05 PM »
Interesting Brad... Will give that a go!

Paulo Barbel will eat pretty much anything, I have caught them on strip baits before...

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #8 on: February 14, 2012, 12:21:40 PM »
What you talking about Mr Fish Slayer I should be taking advice from you!

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2012, 12:22:38 PM »
What you talking about Mr Fish Slayer I should be taking advice from you!
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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2012, 12:28:44 PM »
Thanks for sharing Brad! Makes sense!
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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #11 on: April 29, 2012, 11:41:37 AM »
Just thought I would add my 2 cents on winter cats.

It is my believe that the time for big cats, 20kg plus, is winter. I have been reading articles from all over the world on winter fishing. The theory is, and this is on a wide variety of catfish species in different countrys. Small fish go off the bite completely, due to there size they require less food and energy to get thru winter. They can survive by filtering mud for small organisms. But the big cats can't survive like this. They have to eat proper food. I have studied animal nutrition, and all animals will do the least amount of work for the most amount of gain. So big baits will get you big fish. But this is where planning comes into it. The fish won't be actively swimming around nearly as much in search of food. You have to find them. The fish will hold in groups in winter, as far as I've learnt, this will be on structure, but also holes. By holes I mean a depression on the bottom. So to find these holes is essential to great success .also find where other species are holding, the barbel should be close as they will look for an easy meal.

I used these theorys last winter. Fishing is slow, but you should get on average 2 fish an evening, or so I found. I found the fish in deep water, and had my baits taken regularly. My mistake was my tackle. I used to do a lot of light tackle angling in rivers and estuaries, and as such went with slightly heavier tackle than my average, but got more than one hiding. Even had a diawa reel drag system explode on full drag as a monster decide to make for joberg.

I'm in natal, but I'm sure the same logic will work anywhere. I will be doing a lot of winter fishing, and have been scouting my intended spots for a month already locating the areas I believe they will be holding to this winter. I know cheetha fs will also be terrorising the barbel this winter.

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2012, 11:11:13 AM »
Thanks for sharing Nobbles. Great post  :+ cred:

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #13 on: January 19, 2014, 06:52:05 PM »
Howzit today I caught a 5kg barbel on a no 1 Effzett spoon 8lb awa shima braid and 6' elbe blue crystal at Loskop dam I was stunned at first I hoped it was a realy big bass but noticed that thing had a lot of wait as it came closer to the boat sorry no photos I have yet to know how to upload it but proove that barbel will take a spoon sometimes.
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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2014, 08:28:56 AM »
Well done that thing must have fought you very well on that tackle!

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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2014, 09:12:12 AM »
Morning




I know its still early in the cold season.
I dont have more than 3 odd hours on a Saturday and was wondering what the best bait will be. I was thinking platties and Liver on two rods




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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2014, 11:44:39 AM »
Platties works like a charm, just remember after hooking them to wipe them off with a wet cloth from the slime they made when u hooked them, that is a internal defence to chase away predators. I usually hook them in the back leg so they can still swim and not thru the mouth like other anglers as they would drown. U want them alive and kicking. Well and i gues u know the rest upright and loose drag..... :sreel: :sreel: :sreel:
 
Morning




I know its still early in the cold season.
I dont have more than 3 odd hours on a Saturday and was wondering what the best bait will be. I was thinking platties and Liver on two rods




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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2014, 07:02:41 AM »
Will give it a bash




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Re: All Things Barbel - General Discussion
« Reply #18 on: November 10, 2019, 01:10:14 PM »
I used that long shank 5/0 Shad hook through a boiled egg, after the hook is pulled through the egg, crush the shell lightly just to release the smell and drop that bait under some Willow tree branches overhanging the river. the Vaal's Babers between Lindeques drift and Parys never ignored that boiled egg.

 


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