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tipitinmick

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I do apologise Barbel Seeker. Was going off topic quite a bit there. Sorry.

Its always nice to see a picture of other folks fish but, dont bust a gut if you cant manage it. If its any consolation Dave had to show me how to post and include a picture. Mind, I havent even reached the stage of ' computers for dummies ' books yet. Well done catching your Barbel fella. A 14lb+ fish is a fantastic fish and a brilliant achievement
 

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Once caught a bream on a spinner as a kid never heard of it being done since and also had small pike on pellet on the swale, it's crazy. As you mention Danny mick I wonder if he's completed his barbel fishing apprenticeship lol, be nice to have an update please Danny following your last post and the cracking video .
 

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Up the Trent tomorrow, will report back. Be good to keep this thread going so we have a Severn and a Trent one, always found in the past that Trent info and updates were quite rare, so shall we keep this one going?
 

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Up the Trent tomorrow, will report back. Be good to keep this thread going so we have a Severn and a Trent one, always found in the past that Trent info and updates were quite rare, so shall we keep this one going?
Yes please. That would be good.
 

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Hi Bezzer.

Wow ! Thank you for that. Ive simply not heard of them. Will defo give them a try. Theres so many pellets / boilies on the market nowadays for someone like me who doesnt particularly specialise in any one discipline of fishing it can be daunting. If you stumble across an angler in a tackle shop, scratching his head while looking at boilies and pellets well, that will probably be me. I dont know if this is right but a fellow angler while fishing for barbel said to me ...... As a rule of thumb ..... Barbel like sweet baits in summer and meaty baits in winter. Quite the opposite for carp he reckoned. He did say that he was predominantly a carp angler. I dont know, I stick anything on and hope for the best most of the time. 😀😀😀😀

Thank you Bezzer
Its an interesting one @tipitinmick , of my Barbel books, half of them say sweet and or fruity baits are 'useless' for Barbel, the others suggest that, as with any other bait, get them feeding on bait, regardless and including sweet/fruity baits, they will eat them. Sweetcorn does produce on some venues, but equally by all accounts the Barbel will disappear at the sight of it if they have seen plenty of it. I suppose things like scopex which has a rich and productive history as a flavour for many fish may be good, but I generally stick to meaty, spicy, fishy for Barbel. Carp though yes, sweet and bright in the winter.

A big Thames Barbel came out the other week, on a snowman presentation with a pineapple pop up, whether or not I suspect the angler may have been targeting carp, make of that what you will.
 

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Hi Northantslad.

I know you dont know the section of Trent at Besthorpe but, I thought Id tell you this little story regarding sweet baits for barbel.

Fishing one of my favoured pegs last year in flood Conditions with Pepperami, high oil halibut pellets, the source boilies, turmeric fried luncheon meat I could not buy a bite yet a chap fishing in the middle of nowhere on a stretch of the river that never produces a barbel had had four decent fish. Now, I dont like to disturb a fellow angler but, when I saw him playing his fifth barbel curiosity got the better of me and so I decided to go and ask him what bait he was using as I know my peg was far superior to his and that I should have had at least a couple by now. Turns out he was using tutti fruity boilies. Now, Ive heard of these boilies but, Ive never seen them in use. To be honest I thought they were ' old skool ' . I couldnt believe it. A sweet boilie for barbel in flood conditions. Thats just all wrong isnt it ? I soon changed my mind when only halfway back to my peg I heard him shout ..... " here mate, Ive got another " I went back to see his landing net slip under his sixth barbel and guess what was hanging on an hair from its mouth ? Yep, a brightly coloured boilie. I did get two fish that day but, I think he ended on either nine or ten. I dont know, I kept my back to him after his sixth. 😆😆😆😆.

Always keep an open mind I say.
 

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Back down to the trent again on Tuesday so will report back, and yes northants an excellent idea to keep the thread going . I heard this once before mick about tuti fruit boilies so as you say always keep an open mind, but the source boilies does seem to be the bait in favour at the moment on the trent so you have to sit up and listen and give them a try for a session but the trouble is if the bites are not forthcoming it's hard not to slip back and load up with your confidence bait but will get a kilo and try on Tuesday on one rod as there's no smoke without fire .
 

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Nice one gents, yep trouble with trying baits and especially on the Trent, is knowing when you have given them fair trial, as when the blanks come along I feel the need to be able to attribute it to something, especially in a peg, that as you say tipitinmick you know is a good one. I wouldn't mind betting that the flood conditions tipitinmick mentions opened up aspects of the swim the chap was in, that normally don't attract Barbel and took them away from an area tipitinmick had faith in normally?

Will be giving my home made boilies a second outing tomorrow, didn't catch on them the first time (my Barbel came to an 8mm source pellet.), but I know I have to give them fair trial. The ones I had left over at the end of the last session I trickled into the swim as a taster for my next visit, sort of seeing if I can create a weaning effect, but to a bait that they will recognise shape wise as food, just a flavour that may need to grow on them.

I have read that something happening once shouldn't be accepted as a banker for next time, but yes, Barbel will clearly eat fruity baits, in flood and with their bibs on however I reckon they will eat most things (in the right swim for the conditions).

Would have liked to seen your results on the traditional baits you mentioned @tipitinmick had you been in his swim, I reckon you will have caught Barbel.

Take it you guys got my pm this morning?
 

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Great fish NL, well done.

The first one looks like something has had a nibble on its rear end......
 

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Just back home after a very hard day on a very clear and low trent, sat there all day for two fish one 5lbs the other a little bigger, My mate didn't get a sniff all day but a bloke two pegs away managed a 13lbs 8 ozs , all in all five anglers on the bank three fish caught, it badly needs a good flush and a bit of colour and hopefully we should see a big improvement.
P.s the source boilies didn't work Mick lol
 

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Hi Northantslad.

Looooooooovely fish pal. Well done. I never get fed up of looking at barbel. Arent they gorgeous ? Well done fella. Nice fish there
 

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