This section is from the book "Fishing: When, Where, And How To Fish Without Live Bait", by William Tweedie. Also available from Amazon: Fishing: When, Where And How To Fish Without Live Bait.
So called from his heard; the artist has only put two - there are four. The barbel is a well-made, handsome, powerful fish, very active and vigorous: mostly fond of rapid waters, near old walls or sunken timber. You must fish with the bait on the ground for barbel. The shot should be cased in sand-colored leather a foot or two above the hook. Tallow, greaves, and bits of cheese are the best bait Keep the cheese in wet linen a day or two before using it to make it tough.