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

Martin Bowler’s Top Tips #22 – Accuracy

During the colder months use a Feederbomb – accuracy is key to winter fishing and for introducing maggots these are the best. Feederbombs are a quite unique design that really does cast better than almost any other feeder. They are a fantastic choice when you are looking to feeder fish accur­ately at… Read more

Martin Bowler’s Top Tips #20 – Use An Up-Trace

When using a paternoster or a free roving float for pike fishing it is always important to use an up-trace. To fish without an up-trace can lead to bite-offs and a lost pike will often result in the fish being unable to shake the hooks. To save having to remake… Read more