Barbel fishing

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The best of our range of baits for catching specimen barbel. Including boilies, pastes, Gloops, liquids, groundbait and hookbait extras (such as pop-ups and hard hookers) from The Hook Bait Company flavours range.

Whilst all of our hookbaits and loosefeed will catch barbel, some (such as Barbel 5 & Barbel Proactive) have been specifically created to target big barbel and others have proven themselves in testing and through anglers’ catches to be our best baits for barbel.

The best baits to catch specimen barbel, from the Hook Bait Company. Best barbel bait, boilies, pellets, pastes and groundbaits
Huge barbel like this LOVE our baits!

Many of our Field Testers and Consultants have landed barbel over 15lb on our baits – as have lots of our customers! On popular rivers like the Trent, Severn and Wye, our baits can be relied upon to produce the goods in all seasons. View some of the many barbel captures on our baits here.

The popularity of barbel fishing on rivers is increasing year on year; as is the average size of fish in many rivers. Whether you’re fishing a popular and pressured day ticket venue or a quiet syndicate stretch, offering a barbel bait that’s a little bit different can give you an edge. Often the larger, warier fish will slip up to someone offering a bait which is distinctive from the mass-produced boilies and pellets everyone else is using. On all venues, and in all seasons, it fills anglers with confidence knowing they’re fishing with a high quality, nutritionally balanced, highly palatable bait – which is why many serious barbel anglers choose boilies and baits from the Hook Bait Company.

Whether you are looking for a good bait to catch your first barbel, or you’re a seasoned specimen hunter looking for a serious edge to increase your barbel PB, the following ranges of baits have proven our best baits for barbel fishing:

Targeting another species? Take a look at our Best Baits for Catfish, Best Baits for Chub, Best Baits for Carp and Best Baits for Tench & Bream.

Barbel 5: Crab and Anchovy boilies, chops, pop-ups, pellets, paste, groundbait, Gloop and liquid additives from the Hook Bait Company - superb specialist baits for barbel, chub, carp and specimen fish

The awesome Barbel 5 is back! Its been 6 years since we last produced this fantastic Crab & Anchovy  bait and its back with a vengeance. Barbel 5  is an instant attract bait that barbel readily accept as a food item and it caught many big barbel back in the day.

Due to the precise make up of the bait, a couple of ingredients proved difficult to source when our supplier stopped importing them 6 years ago, and reluctantly we had to stop producing the bait as it just was not the same. Thankfully after many years searching around for alternative ingredients, we are now 100% happy with the bait and so we are proud to be re-launching this very popular bait.

The bait has a very strong odour, similar to a bank tramp and will help to pull fish away from sanctuary spots to investigate the crustacean smell.
Without giving too much away the bait contains the following:
Pre-digested fishmeal, milk protein, yeast, anchovy extract, crab, & stimanol

Barbel 5  – Crab & Anchovy Products:

Boilies, Barrels & Chops
Base Mix (1kg base mix makes 1.4kg of boilies)
Hook Bait Extras (Pop-ups, Hard Hookers & Flakeys)
Groundbait/Stick Mix, Pellets & Paste
Liquids - A-tract (Pellet & Groundbait additive), Bait Soak (Bait glug), Gloop (Extra thick and sticky long lasting bait glug), Oil (Heavy density additive or soak for all baits)

Barbel 5 - specialist barbel fishing baits from the Hook Bait Company

Barbel Gallery

A selection of photos of specimen barbel caught using Hook Bait Company baits! Some of the fish below were landed by our consultants and field testers (and a few by HBC boss, Darren McCann), whilst the others were caught by customers and shared with us. If you’ve caught a big fish using our boilies and/or other baits, share them to our Facebook group and we may feature them here in future.

Already seen enough and want to purchase some of our bait? Take a look at our best barbel baits to get you started.

Our highly digestible milk protein bait designed for catching barbel all year round but with particular importance in Autumn/Winter when more protein is required to maintain a healthy metabolism.

Top dairy products such as lamlac, casein, skimmed milk powder and lactalbumin are blended with the superb salmon meal and amino enriched blood plasma. Flavour wise we have stayed on the dairy theme but added a few special palatants to really give the bait a punch.

Without giving too much away the end result smells like a chocolate caramel sundae that simply divine. Initially designed for use on the Trent, this bait has proved itself to be a big hit where flavour trails are needed to entice barbel from a distance.

Barbel Proactive Products:

Boilies, Barrels & Chops
Base Mix (1kg base mix makes 1.4kg of boilies)
Hook Bait Extras (Pop-ups, Hard Hookers & Flakeys)
Groundbait /Stick Mix, Pellets & Paste
iquids - A-tract (Pellet & Groundbait additive), Bait Soak (Bait glug), Gloop (Extra thick and sticky long lasting bait glug) Oil (Heavy density additive or soak for all baits)

Lee Swords Barbel Session Bucket - all the bait you need to go barbel fishing, packaged in a handy bucket with lid. Contains: boilies, pellets, paste, stick mix/groundbait, A-Tract liquid booster and bait dip from our Stimanol range. The Hook Bait Co. - superb specialist baits for barbel, chub, carp and specimen fish

The ‘Lee Swords’ Barbel Session Bucket has all the essential food items required for a day/night barbel session. This handy bucket contains enough of all the items you need, without the need to buy lots of separate packets of baits and additives which can quickly mount up to an expensive trip. The baits inside are all endorsed and used by the Hook Bait Company consultant – the ‘Trent Machine’ himself – Lee Swords.

Each Bucket contains the following:

  • Stimanol pellets in varying sizes and break-down times
  • 200 gram bag of stay fresh boilies
  • Shelf life paste
  • Stimanol PVA stick mix
  • Bottle of A-Tract liquid booster
  • Pot of matching bait dip

Lee Swords Barbel Session Bucket



3-B boilies, chops, pop-ups, pellets, paste, groundbait, Gloop and liquid additives from the Hook Bait Company - superb specialist baits for barbel, chub, carp and specimen fish

The Hook Bait Co. 3-B is an extraordinary food source packed with milk, fish and meat proteins which are further enhanced with three natural stimulants. We have blended low temperature fish meals and haemoglobin with more than a healthy measure of robin red and belachan to give this bait a rounded profile that has proved extremely successful in our trials on both lake and river all-year round.

To finish the bait off we have incorporated natural food items such as fresh water shrimps, bloodworm and krill to give this bait the crunch factor.

A true classic in the making, this bait is readily recognised and accepted as a protein food source for carp, barbel and chub.

3-B Products:

Boilies, Barrels & Chops
Base Mix (1kg base mix makes 1.4kg of boilies)
Hook Bait Extras (Pop-ups, Hard Hookers & Flakeys)
Groundbait /Stick Mix, Pellets & Paste
Liquids - A-tract (Pellet & Groundbait additive), Bait Soak (Bait glug), Gloop (Extra thick and sticky long lasting bait glug), Oil (Heavy density additive or soak for all baits)

The Hook Bait Company 3-B baits - boilies, paste, boosters, pellets and groundbait for specimen fish like carp, barbel and chub fishing