RIVER BARBEL TIPS
Rigs, rods, baits and fish-care advice to make the most of your session...
A free-running lead is stopped by a buffer bead. My hooklength is the same as my mainline, 12.9lb Kodex. Anti-tangle tubing kicks the hooklength away.
Hair-rig meat on a static leger rig. You’ll need a fairly long hair for a large chunk of garlic sausage. Pull the loop through and trap a boilie stop in the end against the meat.
I recommend a specialist barbel rod, not a heavy feeder rod. I use the 4oz tip in normal conditions and the 6oz version in floods.
LET THEM RECOVER
Rest a barbel in the net for a minute, unhook it and let it recover some more. Don’t let it go until you are sure it is strong enough to swim off on its own.
Your hook must not let you down. Choose an eyed pattern with a thick gauge. Size 8 Kodex Genomic Carp hooks are my choice for this style of fishing.
Smaller 4mm and 6mm halibut pellets seem the best feed for barbel. Reduce the feed over time to draw fish out of the cover.