With the high water levels in the rivers at the moment the barbel are feeding well, but to catch them you really need to create a good scent trail to get them interested.
A great way to do this is to use Spicy Sausage Flavour Shaker and Hemp & Spicy Sausage oil. Add these to Spicy Sausage Halibut Pellets to increase the potency and flavour coming off the pellets.
Simply put the pellets in a bucket and add a liberal helping of the Flavour Shaker, then add boiling water and give them a good shake so the pellets are evenly coated and allow this to absorb in for about ten minutes. Once you have done this and they are softened it is time to add the Spicy Sausage liquid. Being based on hemp oil it will give even more of a flavour trail from the pellets. The heat from the water will make the pellets smell even stronger and they will soften so they can be crammed in a mesh feeder. In high river conditions you can cram them in really hard so the current slowly pushes them out bringing fish towards the feeder.
I like to fish with a long hook length in high water conditions as I feel it gives a more natural presentation, I would start at about 6 foot but be prepared to go longer, anything up to about 10 foot. With the longer hook lengths I tend to fill the feeder and then put the hook at the bottom of the feeder and add a little more of the pellet mix to hold the hook in place. This makes it easier to cast and once the feeder is in the water and the pellets start to be washed out, the hookbait will be released and move down river with the free offerings, giving a constant stream of heavily flavoured pellets over the hookbait.
Mat Woods has a great birthday session with Code Red
Adam Firth bags a new PB Barbel from the River Trent using Code Red Dumbells.
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