Top tips from Richard Chapman…@ SF

Top tips from Richard Chapman…

For years the River Dove, which luckily is only a few miles from my front door, has been a mecca for barbel anglers across the UK, with known fish to nearly 20lbs. During this time it has become dominated by boilie and pellet approaches and the chub were of course quick to jump onto this abundant food source. Fast forward a few years and you now have a lot of big, wily old chub which often turn their nose up at the more traditional maggot and bread approach.
By still keeping mobile as you traditionally would with a mashed bread approach, but by switching up the baits the bites have definitely increase, as has the average size. The only issue is bread by it’s nature is quite an instant bait, but boilies having a tough outer skin are great for avoiding nuisance fish but not quite so attractive from the off so this is what I’ve been doing to really turbo charge them.

1. Starting off with the 12mm Smokey Jack, a quick waft of the smokey/meaty scent, you know chub will love it!
2. Give it a quick squash to break open the skin, it also flattens the bait to sit better on the river bed. If you are doing large quantities just use a flat board to squash them all in one go.
3. Add a good glug of the matching Particle and Pellet syrup to coat all the baits.
4. Give it a few minutes to soak in, having broken the skin really accelerates this process.
5. Finally give them a dusting of the Active Stick mix, you end up with a bait which gives off a cloud of ground bait the moment it hits the water, then keeps pumping out the liquid which it has soaked up. Although it takes a bit more time to prepare the results will be worth it!


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About richardhandel

I would like to give a brief snap shot of my life and introduce myself; My name is Richard Handel and was born in 1965 in Suffolk. I have worked as a UK Operation & Intermodule Manager for a shipping company. I live in Hampshire now and am married with 2 young children, both girls so I am a bit outnumbered even the cat is a girl! I have been fishing since I was about 7 years old. I started on small local rivers in Suffolk, then moved onto gravel pits and then carp fishing. My personal best is a 39.08 mirror, over recent years I have started river fishing again, on the Hampshire Avon, this is a nice break from the carp lakes. My life has turned a big corner this year, the company I was working for relocated their Operation centre to Estonia. I was offered a job at the head office in London. This would have meant a 5 day commute and working in Stratford. As a family, we did not fancy this, as I would hardly spend any time with the children (and the Mrs). So after 22.5 years, I was given a nice redundancy package and with my wife is working full time. I became the house husband. This has meant a complete turn around in my fishing, as I can pick and choose when I go. I have found a splendid new syndicate to fish this year, which includes 5 lakes and some 8 miles of river with only 150 members. It's an amazing change to the way I am able to fish. I am now trying to start my own tackle business and make a bit of a name for myself in the world of fishing, as I have retired from real work. Richard
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2 Responses to Top tips from Richard Chapman…@ SF

  1. I’m a non-boilie using angler, but nevertheless it surprises me that a cheese flavoured boilie has not found favour with the chub anglers that use boilies.

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