Should I still be fish­ing meat when I’m af­ter river bar­bel?

Angling Times (UK) - - THE COACH -

DOES meat still work for river bar­bel or should I be fish­ing pel­lets and boilies?

Colin Mc­Fad­den, Read­ing

PEL­LETS and boilies have rightly grabbed the head­lines in the last 20 years, but many bar­bel an­glers still fish ex­clu­sively with meat.

The rea­son­ing is that it has more ap­peal and is more flex­i­ble than a boilie. Meat is very light, and so can be trun­dled down the river with the cur­rent, al­low­ing the bait to act very nat­u­rally.

This works bril­liantly when ma­noeu­vred in be­tween rafts of streamer weed or across gravel, us­ing a min­i­mal amount of weight on the line. A good tip is to tear off meat in­stead of cut­ting it into neat cubes, as these will look un­nat­u­ral to a feed­ing fish.

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