After much discussion on catching barbel in winter, we headed off to a private venue in the Swartland to see if we could get a few of the big boys to bite. Where do barbel hold in winter? In the shallows where the sun has warmed the water a bit or in deeper water where the temperature is more stable or near the reeds/structure? As this was the first time we fished this venue and had no idea what to expect we decided to start fishing close to the structure and try to find the area where the barbel were holding.
After about 10minutes of fishing we had our first run, but unfortunately no hook up. In the 24 hours after that we landed about 20 barbel, with the biggest one, caught by Stephan, weighing 11.80kg. All the barbel were caught using either 10/0 ADRENALIN or 12/0 ADRENALIN circle hooks and carp head as bait.
ADRENALIN circle hooks are available in all sizes from #2 to 12/0. ADRENALIN circle hooks are made from reinforced high carbon steel and are chemically sharpened.
Below is Stephan with his 11.80kg barbel caught on an ADRENALIN 12/0 circle hook.
A barbel double on ADRENALIN circle hooks.