Bar­bel PVA stick

This more sub­tle rig is ideal for tar­get­ing wary bar­bel when rivers are low and they’re heav­ily fished for

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics -

BAR­BEL fish­ing re­quires ro­bust gear ow­ing to the renowned fight­ing abil­i­ties of this amaz­ing species. Yet of­ten, es­pe­cially in low, clear river con­di­tions, a de­gree of sub­tlety is re­quired to tempt bites, es­pe­cially dur­ing the mid­dle of the day. This is es­pe­cially true when fish­ing smaller rivers, or where the bar­bel are fished for heav­ily. The splash of a heavy feeder loaded with bait may be enough to send ev­ery bar­bel scur­ry­ing for cover, not to reap­pear for sev­eral hours. It is in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions such as these that the PVA stick rig can prove a win­ner. Cre­at­ing much less dis­tur­bance than a feeder, yet de­liv­er­ing a pack­age of free of­fer­ings close to the hook­bait, it is the ideal tac­tic when tar­get­ing wary bar­bel. All PVA-friendly baits can be used with this rig, but it is best suited to mini boilies and pel­lets. How­ever, even cast­ers can be used in PVA sticks if they are dried thor­oughly with pa­per towel be­fore use. Strength is not com­pro­mised with this rig, so bar­bel can be landed safely and with the min­i­mum of fuss. By pin­ning all of the rig to the riverbed, the rig is well dis­guised and, even if a bar­bel should touch the line, it is less likely to spook than if a mono hook­length is used. The only down­side of this rig is that it can use quite a large amount of PVA, which can prove ex­pen­sive. For this rea­son it is best not used when reg­u­lar re­cast­ing is ex­pected.

This method works well with a mini boilie or pellet hook­bait The sec­tion of Zig Line is at­tached via a Quick Change swivel which means you can add a fresh PVA bag in sec­onds

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