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Old 12-10-2017, 18:12
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Thanks Micheal, would you recommend using the coated braid even with a size 12 hook?
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Old 12-10-2017, 18:16
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Thanks Micheal, would you recommend using the coated braid even with a size 12 hook?
Jeez, for goodness sake we are talking Barbel here, do you really think it matters at all? Put a bait in front of it and it will gobble it up be it braid mono flouro whatever.
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Old 12-10-2017, 18:34
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Only asking Neil, apologies if my questions irritate you, just asking advice from those whose experience of fishing pellets is greater than mine, i'll ask elsewhere
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Old 12-10-2017, 18:56
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Sounds like a reasonable question to ask, ignore the last comment Chris.

Don't see why you might think to scale down?

Depends on your intended pellet size, but I'd say no need to go smaller than a No.8 hook? Also, with coated braid it might be awkward to tie to a smaller (14) hook without compromising by stripping it back and all that (another thread discusses stripping back or not) especially if you are intending to pass twice through the eye using a knotless knot.
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Old 12-10-2017, 19:31
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No need to ask elsewhere, as said before, as long as you strip the last couple of inches of the braid, you will have no trouble attaching a size 12 hook. But as Paul has stated, why go that small when fishing in weed. I have caught plenty of barbel using size 6 hooks baited with maggots in swims less than 3 ft deep, crystal clear and the sun blazing down.
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Old 12-10-2017, 19:39
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Thanks Micheal, appreciate your comments
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Old 12-10-2017, 19:59
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Chris, will you be lowering the rig into the small weedless hole or casting it out?
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Old 12-10-2017, 20:10
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Gentle lob prob only rod length out
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Old 12-10-2017, 20:23
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Only asking Neil, apologies if my questions irritate you, just asking advice from those whose experience of fishing pellets is greater than mine, i'll ask elsewhere
Sorry if I was unreasonable Chris, but please don't get too wrapped up in worrying about braid or anything else when fishing pellet. I find the main criteria is probably hook size for the size of pellet, make sure the pellet does not effect the hook hold, tbh I find mono as good if not better than any other material, if you need to pin it down, a small shot a few inches from the hook is just fine. I do take care about length of hair and how the pellet looks, but then again plenty of folks use bands, which rather proves Barbel are not as fussed as we seem to be.
I don't use any longer than a 12'' hook length normally and keep the 'furniture on the line to a minimum, a simple running rig with a bead and swivel, anything else might spook. Of course a bit of loose feeding will get them into a frame of mind... they will be quite bold.
If you haven't already check out the Hinders pellets, and on their website they currently have a good presentation tip from none other than Andy Little.
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Old 12-10-2017, 21:01
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Appreciate your post Neil
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