RIVER BAR­BEL TIPS

Rigs, rods, baits and fish-care ad­vice to make the most of your ses­sion...

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

LEAD SET-UP

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

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.

ROD CHOICE

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.

STRONG HOOKS

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.

PEL­LET FEED

Smaller 4mm and 6mm hal­ibut pel­lets seem the best feed for bar­bel. Re­duce the feed over time to draw fish out of the cover.

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