HOOK­BAITS

Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

FOR big-river bar­bel I use pre-drilled 6mm or 8mm Sonubaits Pel­let-O’s and at­tach them with a Ko­rum pel­let stop which pulls back slightly into the pel­let.

This needs to be taken into ac­count to en­sure the hair is the right length – al­ways tie the hair a lit­tle shorter than you think you’ll need, be­cause the pel­let stop will ex­tend it.

I find the eas­i­est way to get it right is at­tach a pel­let to the hair be­fore ty­ing the knot­less knot, as this will en­sure the hair is ex­actly the cor­rect length.

I like to take a selec­tion of hook­bait flavours and colours with me to the bank, as this al­lows me to ex­per­i­ment dur­ing the course of a ses­sion.

In terms of flavours, I’ve caught par­tic­u­larly well on crab, hal­ibut and krill-flavoured pel­lets.

A great trick to try is to glug your pel­let hook­baits in Pel­let Oil. This tough­ens them up, and that way they’ll last longer on the hair.

Pel­let O’s make great bar­bel hook­baits.

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