For beginners in the art of fishing, we recommend developing the necessary habits from the beginning – from catching common white fish. In this way, they have tangible evidence of the progress being made - in the form of fish caught, which at the same time encourage further efforts. You, however, who would be ready to give up the immediate prey have the opportunity to skip the introductory stage and try their hand at a higher level of education - while fishing for barbel. The barbell can also be recommended to all these, who want to improve the speed of reaction to the bite and the technique of overcoming the fish.
Champions, with which a barbell pulls from a hook with impunity, even the most carefully placed earthworm or a turkey cannot be associated only with the structure of its hard mouth surrounded by fleshy lips, it must be something else, on what – we do not know yet. One thing is for sure – who will really learn to fish for barbel, the rest of the fish can fish with "left hand"”.
It is therefore only appropriate to regret it, that the current conditions in most flowing waters are not favorable for barbel, and its once sovereign position in numerous waters is now a thing of the past. The barbel's extreme sensitivity to chemical contamination derives from its life habits – it is definitely reophilic and is essentially seabed, which is also related to the way food is taken.
There is no need to dream about possible adaptation of the barbel in other types of waters.
The characteristics of the barbel and its basic requirements can be associated with this, that she gave the name variegated, stretches of rivers carrying a lot of water on the border of the piedmont and lowland zones (the country is fast). This also expresses the requirements of the barbel to the quality of the substrate (it should be tough). It also has relatively high oxygen requirements. Sometimes there are cases, that the barbell stops even in polluted places – e.g.. at the mouths of sewage system pipes, on swirl sections, where impurities are deposited, etc.. However, he searches for these episodes only temporarily, counting on a richer food offer.
It is difficult to talk about permanent barbel positions, because it is extremely busy and tirelessly wanders most of the year. In one place – as a position – only stops longer in winter, when he falls into a kind of numbness and refuses food. The first spring storms will wake her up, begins a nomadic movement from place to place: once because, that he is looking for a suitable spawning ground, at other times she is chased by food shortages, otherwise it is again prompted by this fluctuation in the water level. Sometimes it even traverses during the day 8-10 km. During breaks, he stops for some time at the most typical positions. It disappears completely from certain episodes at certain times, after a few days we will not catch fish other than barbel there again. The barbell is only active at dusk (sometimes also at night); he reluctantly shows up during the day (except in cloudy water).
Spawning takes place in May - June, her roe (and therefore the meat of the female during the spawning season) it is considered poisonous. Weight 1 kg reaches relatively late, because only in 8.-10. year, 1,5-2 kg w 15. year, therefore the specimens 4-5 kilograms (and there are and weighing 10-12 kg) they must be quite "old"”.
We will answer the question about the optimal hunting season using the experience of Polish anglers. The summary includes data on catches 200 pieces.
% caught fish
Considered, quite big, the amount of fish caught, calls into question the traditional view, that the barbell is sleeping in winter. Lack of my own experience prevents me from discussing the given facts, so let's leave this problem open. Carp can be caught at the beginning of winter, the same may be true of a barbell in the fall, however, the beginning of spring seems premature. Most barbels are caught in August (1/4 year-round fishing) and in general in the warmest months (60% fishing in July – September).
Review of the effectiveness of the most important lures according to the results from Poland, RFN i NRD (104 art):
|Bait||Dzjjovnica||The larvae||To be||Seeds||Zywiec,
|% caught fish||45,3||14,4||8,6||11,5||9,6||8,6||2,0|
|Ø kg / st.||3,3||3,5||3,3||3,6||3,2||3,2||3,5|
The earthworm is definitely the most effective lure, and her 45 % participation in fishing is the main merit of German anglers (in Germany it works even more – 51%). The larvae of aquatic and terrestrial insects are in second place. Also theirs 14% efficiency is associated with excellent 21 % the effectiveness of fishing in German waters. About the possibility of accustoming the carnivorous barbel to plant food (of course, especially after pre-baiting) First of all, the experience of Polish anglers testifies to this (14% effectiveness). A small portion of cheese commonly regarded as a barbell catch, with just 8,6% average effectiveness (in Poland 10%, in German waters 7,5%), is certainly an unpleasant surprise. Perhaps the greater effectiveness of this lure in Poland could be explained by this, that Poles use yellow types of cheese?