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Saturday, 23 March 2013

                                       The art of Barford fishing


Many people who undertake metal detecting have probably dabbled at a bit of fishing over the years. The patience's required in both hobbies is very similar, where at the end of the day you may be rewarded with something special.


Now Barford fishing required cunning and stealth. First of all wear something very bright to get yourself noticed, because Barford's naturally live in a dimly lit environment, so will have very poor vision.  There are lots of forums for you to join, with like minded people where you can discuss the elusive Barford and show the best type of bait to grab his attention.  People often think the lure should be of gold or silver, but any old crap will do.  


Barford's have been known to migrate from Britain to Poland, but in recent years have a tendency to stay in Poland, as the number of predators that would attack this weak  species is far less.


Due to over fishing in the past century  Barford's are now becoming increasing rare on our shores, but because they have been known to harbour a brain disease, control methods are still in force across Europe.


Barford's are a fairly aggressive species and will attack anyone who collects anything shiny from the ground that grabs it's attention..


Because of the simple brain mechanism and feeding habit they tend to appear in the same area time and time again, looking for something to feed on and will often go over the same old ground.


If you are ever fortunate to hook a Barford then you will need to dispatch it fairly  quickly as they give off a fairly unpleasant odour, and are fairly unpalatable as they have a tendency to stick in the throat. A 30lb lump hammer on the back of the skull is usually suffice as they will offer very little resistance.


When gutting the species, you will need to remove the head first, as the lower colon has taken up most of  the brain cavity and is now so full of crap, it will taint the rest of the flesh. A unique attribute of this species is the fact they are completely spineless and often require support from others, to survive.


Happy Hunting!