Brian Webber, an electrician from Manchester fishing the lower reaches of the river Ribble has caught a personal best barbel weighing 12lb 2 ounces on hair rigged pellet bait on a size 6 hook to 10lb line. The rivers Wharfe, Ure, Nidd, Ouse, Dane and Swale are some other rivers in the north of England that are well worth a visit if you want to seek the barbel, one of England's toughest fighting fish. In the Midlands the Severn Avon and Teme are three barbel rivers worth a visit. A lot of my friends fish the lower Severn where they catch their share of big barbel but it isn't for me, I don't enjoy fishing big featureless rivers and more so, when you have horrible disco boats etc. disturbing the peace and tranquillity of the waterside. My favourite river is the Teme with its wild life flora and fauna and hard fighting barbel. I have no hesitation in stating that the Teme barbel are the toughest fighting barbel in the country. It's a river where you need ten or twelve pound breaking strain line. Many anglers use pellets, boilies, gentles, casters and various flavoured paste baits, but for me it's bread. On a recent trip to the Teme I ended up with seventeen barbel to 9-3-0. Mike Osborne had ten fish and John Bodsworth caught eight. It was interesting to note that our fish were taken on bread while some anglers fishing the more popular baits never had a fish. In many instances we were able to watch barbel take our baits in two or three foot of water. Why don't you give bread a try this week? It's lot cheaper than those little white grubs and a far better bait.

Floating Baits For Chub

If barbel are not your first choice fish and you're looking for some good sport why not pick a chub venue and fish floating crust and flake. During this time of the year its often one of the best ways of catching a number of chub. Pick a swim where the water flows off gravel and weed with depth of between four and six feet. Often you will find the river shallows up to around one or two feet where the water flow has increased as it does so it gets to swirling around with little whirl pools as the water gets broken up. Often the bottom will be of large stones and small rocks or boulders - often these areas will have some weed, the water will usually be flecked with foam with quite a lot of white water. These places also have lots of oxygen. I find the chub are often shoaled up in numbers from ten to forty fish and providing you don't spook them you can often make a big catch. All you need for bait are a couple of loafs of bread, some size 4 hooks, 6lb line, a centre pin or fixed spool reel. I prefer the former and an Avon action rod will complete the tackle set up. As I sit writing the rain is coming down which hopefully will freshen up our rivers and make chub catching even better.

Anglers Mail For Top Pictures

This weeks Anglers Mail has many pictures featuring big fish from fresh and saltwater, without doubt the most stunning picture is Alistare Rawlings with a wild brown trout weighing in at 20lb 4 ounces from the depths of an Irish Lough. Alistair being a true sportsman returned the fish to give another angler a chance of catching a magnificent fish. The river Aire at Keighley was the venue chosen by Jack Maddock when he had a days fishing with his son, eight year old Kevin, who showed Dad how to catch a big fish. Young Kevin float fishing with gentles caught a super chub of 5lbs. The Keighley AC water can be fished on a 2-00 day ticket only available from local tackle dealer. NO TICKETS SOLD ON THE BANK.

Jason Cann from Monkston is pictured on page 6 with a magnificent 16lb 9 ounce barbel caught from the Great Ouse, before catching the big barbel Jason had a leather carp of 31lb1ounce. On page 46 Phil Reed of Beckenham Kent is pictured with a 22lb 8 ounce cod on a lure, but this is beaten on page 47 by Steve Mozsolics with a 31lb 4 ounce cod on an artificial shad. Page 49 there is a picture of Lloyed Cotter with a big tope weighing in at 62lb caught off the coast of Essex. There are certainly lots of interesting stories and pictures in this weeks Anglers Mail.

Try Fishing The Ocean For Bass, Mackerel and Mullet

At this time of the year fishing in saltwater can offer some exciting sport, three fish to target are bass, mackerel and mackerel. If you're fishing for the first two species, why not try fishing with fly gear or lures. If you plan to target the bass with a fly rod and you're new to this branch of the sport you will need to use a nine or ten weight rod. My advice would be to use a slow sinking line, if the fish are up on the surface, you can still catch on a slow sink line by starting the retrieve a bit sooner. Two excellent fly patterns to try are Deceivers and Clouser Minnows.

Mackerel are one of the fastest fish in the ocean, they are excellent sport on both a spinning or fly rod outfit, Please don't target the fish with a broom handle rod and six feathers, treat them as a worthy quarry and only retain enough for a meal. The fish can be caught on a small Mepp's spoon or something similar. Fly fishing with a bright coloured fly will ensure you get plenty of hook-ups. If you're a reservoir trout fisherman, then your fly fishing outfit will probably be OK for mackerel fishing but make sure you give it thorough wash in warm soapy water on your return home.

Without doubt one of the nicest fish to catch in the ocean during the warm summer weather are mullet. If you're a freshwater trout or coarse fisher then you will have some tackle that will be suitable. Mullet can be taken on a fly fishing outfit using imitation bread flake and chumming with finely mashed read or finely ground cooked rice. Float fishing with bread flake is a nice way of tempting this super hard fighting fish. As in fly fishing chum the fish up-tide with mashed bread or finely ground cooked rice. I like to use a centre pin reel and 6lb line with an Avon rod and hook sizes 10's and 12'. Trotting the tide with bread flake is my first choice bait but gentles and bits of rag worm are also good baits. Most harbours creeks and river estuary usually have mullet in residence. If you're at the coast on holiday with the family, why not target this lovely fish for an afternoon while the family are playing in the sea or sunbathing.