THIS WEEK: Use a bait dropper and catch more barbel
HERE are dozens of devices on the market that are designed to help you feed accurately, but one that doesn’t get the praise it deserves is the bait dropper.
When faced with deep or flowing water there really is no better option if you want to almost guarantee that your bait reaches the layers where the fish are grazing.
Barbel Society chairman Steve Pope is a huge advocate of the device, and admits it is one of the first items that finds its way into his tackle bag.
“I still never leave home without a bait dropper. It has helped me catch a lot of fish over the years – even in flooded conditions – and it is a great way of putting down a bed of bait to attract the fish,” explained Steve.
“Loosefeeding baits such as hemp and maggots would just lead to the feed going everywhere, especially in fast flowing rivers, so a dropper is essential to get the bait down accurately and is a quicker way than just a feeder for putting down a lot of bait.”
When barbel are the target Steve likes to cover his options, and he added: “I introduce eight-to-10 big bait droppers full of hemp into three different swims which are spaced well apart.
“Each of the swims will offer a steady glide or a nice crease and some nearby cover – typical barbel territory. By feeding different pegs you give yourself more chance of finding the resident big barbel.” Steve Pope with a fine barbel taken after feeding with dropper. A dropper puts feed just where you want it.