RIVER FISHING TIPS | PVA OR FEEDER FOR BARBEL? – ALFIE NAYLOR

The feeder is a great tool to build a swim with feed

by Angling Times |

Both the feeder and PVA bag have their place in barbel fishing and are brilliant tactics at delivering loose-feed close to your hookbait.

Personally, I think that a PVA bag and lead arrangement creates much less disturbance than a feeder. The feeder does work for the bigger barbel, though, if you want to slowly build a swim by constantly casting and introducing bait.

When fishing for barbel on rivers like the Trent, I like to put a fairly big bed of bait out at the start, then have one cast with a bag on and leave the bait out until I get a take. After each fish, I’ll top up with two bait droppers of feed.

I prefer to use a PVA bag for a ‘bait and wait’ approach
I prefer to use a PVA bag for a ‘bait and wait’ approach

I feel the disturbance from me landing a fish pushes them away from the baited area, and now is the time to feed the swim again.

Both methods will catch big barbel if used correctly
Both methods will catch big barbel if used correctly
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