Barbel/Chub $1M Question

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Steve Lovegrove

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OK Chaps, armed with the info kindly donated in this forum (Thanks Chaps) I am now gagging to get out there. I arrive at the river bank armed with the oodles of information taken from mags and alike, I've chosen my swim/swims and I want to start fishing.


Now being a novice on the rivers I'm looking for a nice and safe option to start my campaign (I don't want to get too cocky on my first expedition).

If you had to offer one piece of advice
regarding tactics/rig/approach etc before I get my line wet, what would it be?

I know, I know, you've told me where to go, I'm now asking how to go, I'm going to be asking you to land it for me next.
 

GrahamM

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Don't be too ambitious to start with. Pick a known good swim, bait and tackle, and catch one on that before you get any more adventurous.
 
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Stuart Bullard

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Only being in my third year I still remember my first days fishing like it was yesterday. Armed with spanking new shimano gear I went with only one thought in mind, and that was to look for fish holding areas. I didn't really have a clue, but I had read every monthly and weekly mag for at least 6 months (I am not joking) before I wet a line and it seemed to me that you can have the dogs ******** gear and rigs, but if they aint there!!!! 2nd, as Graham says. I was too ambitious. On my 3rd outing I went for barbel and, having read Tony Mile's article on pre-baiting prior to dusk, hooked into a very large barbel after 5 minutes. Frankly, I didn't have a clue how to play it and when I lost it (hook pull) I swore I would not fish for them again until I learned the ropes. Anyway, good luck, but be warned, it becomes addictive!!
 
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