Dynamite Baits

6 March, 2018 | Match & Coarse | Tips | Articles


Planning on going barbel fishing before the end of the season or maybe your preparing for next season and are planning a change of bait to help you get stuck into those big whiskers.

Our team of top anglers at Dynamite have put together the best barbel bait pairings for using together as feed and fishing on the hook. You simply have to try some of these….


1. Marine Halibut Pellets and Pre Drilled Marine Halibut Pellets

Arguably one of the best all-round baits for barbel, halibut pellets break down slowly in the flow but start releasing their flavours into the water almost immediately

marine halibut pellets for barbel fishing

Marine halibut pellets are arguably the best barbel bait around

making it easy for barbel to home in on. Try fishing the larger pre-drilled sizes such as 14mm, 16mm and 21mm on a hair rig or band and feeding the smaller 3mm to 8mm in a feeder or as loose feed.

TOP TIP: try wrapping some Marine Halibut Paste around your hookbait for added attraction.



2. Frenzied Hemp and Snails

The beauty with this one is that the combo already comes ready to fish in tin! There are two sizes available, Original and Specimen which contains larger snails which are perfect for threading onto the hair for barbel. Anglers like Mark Perkins have caught many a Trent barbel fishing a few on the hair with the hemp in a maggot feeder.

Help and snails

Hemp and snails – Barbel love em’

Mark perkins loves using hemp and snails for barbel

Mark Perkins loves using hemp and snails for river barbel

3. Meaty Marine Pellets and Meaty Fish Bites

meaty fish bites and meaty pellets top barbel float fishing bait

Meaty pellets. The advantage of barbel loving luncheon meat and pellets in one…

Barbel love meat and pellets so why not combine the two? You can fish the larger sizes on the hook using a band and feed the smaller sizes but we think they work really well with our Meaty Fish Bites which come in two flavours, Krill and Original and are soft enough be slipped straight on the hook or threaded onto a hair but tough enough not to come off in the flow or on the cast. This combo is a great choice for trotting a float for barbel.

Meaty Fish Bites are a top barbel bait

Meaty Fish Bites are a top barbel bait. This 13lber was taken using one on a float rig.


4. Crave Boilies and Crave Tuff Paste

A real big fish winner this one. Adrian Eves will be the first to confirm this after he caught a colossal 19lb 10oz specimen in early 2018 using this exact combo which he chose due to its shellfish ingredients which include a tuna and anchovy meal and shrimp paste. Adrian fed a few likely looking spots with some 15mm boilies and then fished a 15mm version wrapped in the matching Tuff paste on the hair.

big barbel top bait crave tuff paste and crave boilies

Crave Tuff paste and Crave boilies a top specimen barbel bait







Adrian Eves with his 19lb 10oz Crave Boilie caught barbel

Adrian Eves with his 19lb 10oz Crave Boilie caught barbel


5. CompleX-T pellets and CompleX-T boilies

best bait for small and big barbel ompleX-T pellets and boilies

The new CompleX-T pellets make a great accompaniment to the boilies for barbel fishing

Terry Hearn’s fishmeal based boilie is just at home on the river as it is on carp lakes and barbel anglers have already started cottoning on. The new pellets are great for loosefeeding, putting into PVA bags which you can pre-tie at home or using in a feeder. The smaller size boilies such as 12mm can also be added to the feed and the larger 20mm versions can be fished on the hook and you can even wrap some of the new CompleX-T Tuff Paste around the hookbait..

TOP TIP: Try flavouring your pellets in CompleX-T rehydration liquid the night before feeding your swim


6. Robin Red Pellets and Robin Red Paste

The legendary Robin Red ® is also available as a hugely popular range of high protein, barbel loving, spicy flavoured pellets which come in sizes from 2mm, 4mm and 6mm undrilled and 8mm to 20mm pre-drilled for using on hair rigs. Feeding the smaller versions and fishing a hair-rigged larger version wrapped in the matching Robin Red paste is a sucker for barbel.


7. Spicy Shrimp and Prawn Boilies and Spicy Shrimp Liquid

A very under-rated but very effective barbel bait for bigger fish on all rivers. A fishmeal based boilie which has a krill and shrimp essence that barbel find hard to resist. Open up a bag and have a smell, you’ll see what we

top boilies for barbel fishing

Spicy Shrimp and Prawn, an under-rated barbel bait

mean!! Try flavouring the boilies at least 24 hours before fishing with the matching liquid for extra attraction, particularly when the river is up and coloured.


8. The Source Groundbait and Source Boilies

Terry Hearn’s original recipe is just as good for barbel as it is for carp. The Source groundbait is a great way of feeding on larger rivers such as the Wye and Trent particularly when there is a large head of barbel. Mix it up fairly damp and ball around 6-10 balls into your swim. Add matching Source pellets to get the barbel routing around for the bait. You can then fish the Source boilies over the top. The smaller size boilies are ideal and you can fish more than one on the hair.