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When would You Strike

posted Aug 19, 2010 18:40:51 by Andy
On my last couple of trips out, I have been experiencing the Barbel 'tremble'! You have all probably experienced yourselves, where the rod tip visibly shudders and you are poised waiting and ready to pull into a good fish, or not! What I want to know is, do you strike at these indications or do you sit on your hands so to speak and wait for the wrap round. Some anglers advocate striking at the slightest movement while others belong to the 'wait for the wrap round' brigade. Are Barbel actually mouthing the bait during these trembles or is the bait merely being moved by fish grubbing about on the bottom, thus causing this trembling ? Should we wait for a more positive indication (ie a wrap round bite) or are we losing out on more fish by doing so? I would be interested in any replies.

Andy
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MarkTearney said Sep 08, 2010 20:50:40
Hi Andy, ive not had the Barbel tremble as you say but while fishing the Kennet the other week i was getting chub like plucks on the tip as barbel were picking up the bait and droping it just as fast it was impossible to hit them unless you held the rod they realy do seem wise to baits down there. I like to wait for the rod to wrap round before i strike but it is hard to sit on your hands sometimes.

Mark
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Andy said Sep 08, 2010 21:57:39
Know what you mean Mark. I was on the Teme recently and had a series of wrap round bites. Trouble is, I didn't hit one of 'em! I can only assume they hadn't really got hold of the bait, in this case a 14mm halibut pellet. Or maybe the bait was masking the hook or something. Either way, there were no trembles as such, just straight wrap round bites. I wish they would have been chub like plucks as you call them, I may have stood a chance of hooking one of the damn things. Lol

Andy
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TimHughes said Sep 09, 2010 22:52:27
If you are missing wrap around bites then you may want to look at the length of your hair? Normally if you get a wrap around its cause the fish has hooked itself. If you get wrap arounds and no hook ups it generally means that the fish are getting hold of the bait and not the hook!
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StuartEyles said Oct 05, 2010 15:39:05
From my experience on the Severn and Teme a wrap round is the only indication I get. Having said that I tend to use caster / hemp more than anything else especially whilst the conditions are low and clear. However, on my local Great Ouse, that I only fish during flooded conditions I tend to use pellets and boilies. You do get a few taps and knocks before the wrap round. I did read somewhere that the barbel will, especially in colder months, position themselves over the bait before taking it hence the taps etc. The really quick "bangs" as I call them tend to be small chub trying their hardest to get the bait in their mouths.
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