Fish­ing with crank baits

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Inside This Month - PAUL JACK­SON, SH­EFFIELD

ASum­mer barbel fish­ing is gen­er­ally dom­i­nated by pel­let baits be­cause the species re­ally adores these fish­meal of­fer­ings. Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of pel­lets and ground­bait in an open-end feeder is a great tac­tic, par­tic­u­larly on larger rivers. Reg­u­lar re­cast­ing will help to lay down a con­stant trail of feed that the barbel will home in on from a long way down­stream. If the fish are prov­ing spooky, try a clear ny­lon or fluoro­car­bon hook­link that is harder for the fish to see. A smaller hook will also make a dif­fer­ence and a size 10 or 12 forged pat­tern is strong enough to land any barbel.

Make sure there’s a 5mm gap be­tween the hook and hair­rigged bait. Use a hook­length of 3ft-6ft

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