Q&A with Bait-Tech’s Dave Roberts

02.09.14_2Steve from Hampshire asks:

Q: I have done a fair bit of barbel fishing this year but seem to be struggling to get bites. I catch well into dark but often can’t stay late enough on most sessions. I appreciate this is down to conditions but is there anything I can do to try and get more bites when the fish don’t really seem to be responding?

A: Rivers have been low all year and this has made barbel fishing very hard in some areas. When conditions are like this I like to think the fish’s senses are heightened and they become very weary of the slightest thing that appears strange. One thing I have done with some success this year is to switch from a pellet attack to a meat based approach and couple that with very long hooklength. The fish in the clear water have certainly been hanging back away from the feeder. They are still coming into the scent trail from the bait but wouldn’t go near it to feed. I’ve switched to using a fine particle very pungent smelling groundbait – Bait-Tech’s N-Tice Meaty Mix. I feed nothing through it as I want to the fish to come for a look but only have one choice should they decide to feed – that is my hookbait.

I fish a very long tail, sometimes as long as six feet, and I use a smelly bait, a 10mm cube of N-Tice Polony on a hair-rig. Quite often this has caught me fish when everything else will be ignored.

You have to try and get stealthy when the fishing is hard. Be confident as they are there, just adjust your approach and it could get you the all-important bite.


2 Responses to Q&A with Bait-Tech’s Dave Roberts

  1. Fred moss October 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I live in Walton on Thames where can I find a tackle shop that stocks your products?
    Also tips on how to present baits fos barbel fishing
    Fred moss

    • Bait-Tech October 7, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Hiya Fred – we’re in most shops around the country so you shouldn’t have a problem – if your local shop doesn’t stock any products, they can just get in touch with us.

      For the barbel tip: A quick answer without any further details would be to use a running rig presenting a bait on a hair and use an open ended feeder, please feel free to contact Barbel Master Justin Beale on his FB page where you can have a more in depth discussion: http://www.facebook.com/justinbealebarbelfishing

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