How much bait for Barbel?

Rick123

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I'd watch more of Dannys blogs if I were you Z. If barbel are about they will come in time. Feed lightly but often, maybe 6 grains, 6 maggots every 30 seconds to a minute. I'v found, barbel respond best to the frequency of feed, not the amount. A pint of hemp and the same maggots can do it, but have some in reserve, just go really easy but often with barbel. Have a look at Dannys blog as I say, he gets it more right than wrong mostly.
 

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I'd watch more of Dannys blogs if I were you Z. If barbel are about they will come in time. Feed lightly but often, maybe 6 grains, 6 maggots every 30 seconds to a minute. I'v found, barbel respond best to the frequency of feed, not the amount. A pint of hemp and the same maggots can do it, but have some in reserve, just go really easy but often with barbel. Have a look at Dannys blog as I say, he gets it more right than wrong mostly.

I watch them every week on the big screen on downstairs telly with my dad. I get the impression he more often than not loose feeds hemp over the top of the feeder. Something I should probably try.

For most of my fishing I tend to stick to the 'time bomb' method and can vary the amount of feed going in by how hard I squeeze the pellets in.
 

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Squimp, can I politely ask what gear you're using to have one pull straight?
Serious gear.

12-15lb line and a Chimera.

I tried those hooks when they were first launched and didn’t like them at all. There were a couple of other new Drennan patterns around the same time and all those went in the bin too.

A couple of weeks ago I hooked a snag on the Thames and managed to straighten a size 4 Carp Maxx curve shank. I couldn’t believe it, I thought the line or a knot would have gone first. But I do know a bit about knots.
 

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On hooks I am sold on Drennan Specialist Barbel hooks for now. They are PTFE coated and noticeably sharper than Super Specialists and so worth the extra cost, something I wasn't sure about, thinking the extra cost was just because they say Barbel on them, they're actually quite good.

I also use Korum Running Rig Kits and it goes to show I have a decently balanced mainline/hooklength as when pulling for a break when snagged I have lost very few full rigs, with it usually being the hooklength that breaks. So I'm glad the breaking strains are more or less correct on the line (mostly Korum but now Sensor) I use. I also thought I'd have to pull a lot harder to break a 10lb hooklength than an 8lb hooklength, but that doesn't seem to be the case, simply walking back with the rod and a 10lb hooklength will break on a snag before 12lb mainline.
 

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Have a look at Bank Tackle.

im currently trying some of their hooks - very strong, nice patterns and a good price. Only down to a size 10 though which might not suit you match boys.

until the end of November they are 15% off.

Hooks are a very personal thing - my regular barbel fishing mate uses different (and smaller) hooks to me. He is better at it than me - maybe that is all about his hook choice, but somehow I doubt it !
 

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I like size 12s in the Super Specialists (this is for when I'm fishing Sonubaits Barbel Hookbaits otherwise I like 14s when fishing bunches of maggot).

I bought 11s to start with in the Barbel Specialists and they were too big for me, bigger than a 10 in Super Specialists.
 

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I think because the Drennan S.S in 16s are so small they bed in better. I've not had one pull, but even better are the newer Guru QM1 in 18s and 16s amazing strong hooks even for carp. The Drennan Barbel Specialist are bit too heavy in the wire for me. Fine if its hit and haul, but I'd bet they cost bites at time, due to the weight.
 

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Yeah they are a heavy wire you're right about that, heavier than even Super Specialists. I wouldn't use them for maggots but seem fine for big hair rigged baits.
 
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