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Interested in the cockle thing though. I've been thinking about cockles for barbel - anyone had barbel on them?

 

 

Budgie - I went through a bit of a 'phase' with cockles about 10 years ago - used them a LOT on the river - had some mighty fine chub on them, some perch as already stated - and for a time my PB brownie was cockle caught. Never had a barbel on them however (and boy I tried!).

 

 

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Never caught a perch on spicey meat, In fact i cant ever recall getting any on meat full stop. However i have had a couple of decent ones one trout pellets when carping. Though it was from a heavily fished lake.

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Budgie - I went through a bit of a 'phase' with cockles about 10 years ago - used them a LOT on the river - had some mighty fine chub on them, some perch as already stated - and for a time my PB brownie was cockle caught. Never had a barbel on them however (and boy I tried!).

 

 

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It was me Chris, not Budgie, but thanks for your response - on the basis fo your experiment I think I'll abandon the cockles for barbel ! Interesting that you caught lots of chub and perch though. I assume that you leger or freeline them.

 

Did you have to bait up with them loads before they accept them or did they work without loads of baiting up? I note that you said it was about 10 years ago - I imagine that the crayfish population wasn't what it is now. They would surely get scoffed by crayfish in spring/summer, and it would only work as a winter bait?

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It was me Chris, not Budgie, but thanks for your response - on the basis fo your experiment I think I'll abandon the cockles for barbel ! Interesting that you caught lots of chub and perch though. I assume that you leger or freeline them.

 

Did you have to bait up with them loads before they accept them or did they work without loads of baiting up? I note that you said it was about 10 years ago - I imagine that the crayfish population wasn't what it is now. They would surely get scoffed by crayfish in spring/summer, and it would only work as a winter bait?

 

 

I baited up quite a bit with them - was buying frozen kilo blocks of cockles at the time - however I once stalked a 4lb chub on cockles - freelined a cockle to it and it was snaffled immediately! My PB trout was similarly captured (I thought it was a chub!)

 

 

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I've caught lots of perch this year on floatfished luncheonmeat from my local gravel pit, including several low 2's. One afternoon early this autumn I had 8 sizeable perch to 1½lb on luncheonmeat, my best perch haul ever. I made sure I took worms on the next trip, and then couldn't get through the double figure carp :rolleyes:.

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i have always heard people on about catching decent perch on leather jackets (daddy long legs larva) but i have only ever found about 2 or 3 of the things and never had enough success with them to bother looking for more

 

the only other bait i have used and had a few perch apart from maggots and worm is prawns

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i have always heard people on about catching decent perch on leather jackets (daddy long legs larva) but i have only ever found about 2 or 3 of the things and never had enough success with them to bother looking for more

 

the only other bait i have used and had a few perch apart from maggots and worm is prawns

 

Prawns are suppossed to be good, gave them a try twice on commercials but the Carp git them long before I saw a single Perch.

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Zander, Tench, Bream, Chub, Barbel, Roach, Rudd, Grayling, Brown Trout, Salmon Parr, Minnow, Pike, Eel, Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Ghost Carp, Koi Carp, Crucian Carp, F1 Carp, Blue Orfe, Ide, Goldfish, Brown Goldfish, Comet Goldfish, Golden Tench, Golden Rudd, Perch, Gudgeon, Ruff, Bleak, Dace, Sergeant Major, French Grunt, Yellow Tail Snapper, Tom Tate Grunt, Clown Wrasse, Slippery Dick Wrasse, Doctor Fish, Graysby, Dusky Squirrel Fish, Longspine Squirrel Fish, Stripped Croaker, Leather Jack, Emerald Parrot Fish, Red Tail Parrot Fish, White Grunt, Bone Fish
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Zander, Pike, Perch, Eel, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Mirror Carp, Common Carp, Crucian Carp, Siamese Carp, Asian Redtail Catfish, Sawai Catfish, Rohu, Amazon Redtail Catfish, Pacu, Long Tom, Moon Wrasse, Sergeant Major, Green Damsel, Tomtate Grunt, Sea Chub, Yellowtail Surgeon, Black Damsel, Blue Dot Grouper, Checkered Sea Perch, Java Rabbitfish, One Spot Snapper, Snubnose Rudderfish
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Dorado, Wahoo, Barracuda, Bonito, Black Fin Tuna, Long Tom, Sergeant Major, Red Snapper, Black Damsel, Queen Trigga Fish, Red Grouper, Redhind Grouper, Rainbow Wrasse, Grey Trigger Fish, Ehrenbergs Snapper, Malabar Grouper, Lunar Fusiler, Two Tone Wrasse, Starry Dragonet, Convict Surgeonfish, Moonbeam Dwarf Angelfish,Bridled Monocle Bream, Redlined Triggerfish, Cero Mackeral, Rainbow Runner
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