Martin Bowler’s Top Tips – Sliding Stop Knots

Power Gum has a multitude of uses, from bungee shock absorbers to stop-knot line markers. For most of my predator float fishing, I like to use Power Gum to create stop-knots. I find Power Gum grips far better than mono especially when using braid as a mainline. Power Gum is also… Read more

Martin Bowler’s Top Tips – Particles & PVA

Particle baits such as hemp, seeds and maize are a great alternative for many species.  A great tactic is to use a small PVA mesh bag of particles which you can nick onto the hook before casting. The majority of seeds and particles are soaked for a period of time and… Read more

Martin Bowler’s Top Tips #29 – Fluorocarbon

At this time of the year when rivers and especially stillwaters lose all of their colour, the use of fluorocarbon hooklinks can make a huge difference.  For my perch fishing, I like to use a hooklink constructed of 4.4lb Supplex Fluorocarbon with a size 8 B983 hook. As Supplex Fluorocarbon is made… Read more

Martin Bowler’s Top Tips #27 – Maggot Feeder Rig

During the winter there is one bait that will usually score when all else fails, and that bait is maggots and plenty of them.  Maggots are a great bait not only for chub but also for barbel during the winter. The rig I use is a very simple and one… Read more

Martin Bowler’s Top Tips #26 – Floodwater Barbel Tactic

In a warm winter flood, don’t forget about a little-used tactic nowadays, rolling meat, as barbel love it! For rolling meat, I like to use a weighted hook. I use either a size 2 or 4 Continental Boilie hook and place a piece of shrink tube on the shank which I… Read more