HOW TO RIG A PELLET FEEDER FOR BARBEL
Q What’s the difference between maggots and pinkies? ROSE ROBERTS, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
A The use of some types of smaller grubs has fallen by the wayside to such an extent that many tackle shops no longer stock them. If you haven’t come across them before here’s a short guide to the world of natural grubs and what they offer the angler.
The king of grubs and arguably angling’s greatest bait. Available in a range of colours, although red and white tend to be the most popular. Maggots are excellent because they take on flavours really well.
These tiny, quite inactive, maggots are bred from houseflies. Rarely seen in tackle shops or on the bank, they were once ‘the’ bait for the discerning bream angler, with the belief that four red squatts on the hook would always earn bites from bonus fish. Kept in damp sand to stop them drying out and floating, their torpid nature makes them ideal for adding to groundbait because they don’t break up the balls.
Slightly larger, pinkies come from greenbottle flies. They get their name from the pale pink colour of their larvae. They are also extremely active, wriggling twice as much as maggots, particularly in warmer weather. Much loved by roach anglers, in larger bunches of five or six they are also excellent for targeting big skimmers, bream, tench and even carp.
Much softer and a little larger than standard maggots, they have to be bred at home because they are too difficult to breed commercially. Produced using fly-blown chicken/pigeon breast or pig’s heart, the fly lays its eggs on the meat.
1 2 3 Minimise rig tangles by using an antitangle sleeve to kick the hooklink well away from the feeder 4 Pass the hooklength’s free end back through the eye and pull tight to form a knotless knot Form a small overhand loop in one end of the hooklength. The loop should be about 8mm in diameter Thread the hooklength through the eye of a size 10 Fang hook and make 10 turns around the shank Cut a 3ft-6ft length of abrasionresistant 8lb clear nylon or fluorocarbon for the hooklength 5 6 7 8 Pull the anti-tangle sleeve on to the rig swivel like this to fix it in place at the end of the hooklength Slide an anti-tangle sleeve on to the hooklength to reduce tangles and protect the line at the feeder Tie the hooklength to the rig swivel. Pass line twice through the eye for mono, once for fluoro Ensure that the hair is long enough to leave a 5mm gap between the hook bend and bait 9 10 11 12 When completed, the rig should look like this. The hooklength is held away from the line and feeder Thread a buffer bead on to the mainline to protect the swivel knot from being damaged Tie the hooklength to the mainline using a four-turn grinner knot. Wet knots before tightening them Thread the feeder swivel on to the mainline. Use 10lb-12lb mainline, around 2lb more than the hooklink Feeders with stiffer connecting arms also contribute to an anti-tangle rig