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BARBEL
COARSE  FISHING  WITH  THE  ESSEX  ANGLER


(Barbus   Barbus)

barbel

DISCRIPTION
A very streamlined fish.It has two sets of barbules with its eyes being very small and high on the head.
STATS
Speciman weight - 10lb
Max length -36 inches
Life span - 15 years
LOCATION
Fast and slow rivers and some stillwaters.
HABITAT
Small shoaling fish found mainly on the bottom around gravel and weed.
FEEDING HABITS
A bottom feeder,taking food during the day or night.Idealy around a gravel bar where food is likely to be washed against.
NATURAL FOOD SOURCE
Molluscs,Crustaceans (crayfish),Insect larvae.
LIFE CYCLE
Reaches maturity at 3-4 years for the male,5-8 years female.Spawning occurs from May to July with eggs of up to 12,000 per kg body weight laid amongst gravel.


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TACKLE
Another strong fighter using pure muscle with the current so light tackle is not for this fish.
ROD -1.5 test curve.
LINE - 5lb - 10lb b.s.
HOOKS - 6 - 14
BAIT  Maggot,Bread,Sweetcorn,Meats.



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