Grazy Roberts

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Well where has the last 2 months gone!! The Hook Bait Co. team and our customers have been busy on our rivers and lakes putting our bait to good use with big barbel, chub, carp and even roach finding it hard to resist.

Here’s a brief summary from July and Augusts posts on our Facebook Public Group if you’d like be in with a chance of wining a kilo of your favourite HBC hook baits the please share your captures by joining our Facebook Public Group and post them up there or email the details and photos to

July 2016

Stephen & Jamie Hall with a 6lb 8oz Chub and 11lb Barbel from the River Dove, both caught on HBC Spicy Meat Pro, well done on making the angling press and promoting the Hook Bait Co.


Next, just to prove the small species have good taste, here’s Simon Varela’s roach caught on the HBC Spicy Meat Pro


Team member and field tester Lewis Gaukrodger with an immaculate Trent Barbel on the HBC Test Bait


Duck face Grazy Roberts with a Teme Tiger barbel on the HBC Spicy Fish Pro


Charity auction winner David Gough with his Dove double on the HBC Spicy Fish Pro


Bob Beal on the Trent with a barbel of 8lb 12oz on the HBC Amino Crustacean


Team member and field tester Andy Sliwa with a Teme Chub on the HBC 3B


August 2016

Rob Hill with a 10lb 2oz barbel on the HBC Spicy Meat Pro


Kyle Binns 10lb 4oz barbel and new PB on the HBC Spicy Meat Pro


Dad Dave Binns with his own new PB 12lb 6oz barbel also on the HBC Spicy Meat Pro


John Hoyle with a nice barbel from the river Don on the HBC Spicy Fish Pro

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Jamie Armitage with a lovely middle Trent barbel caught on the HBC Stiminol pellets


Jamie Armitage with a lovely Tidal Trent barbel caught on the HBC Stiminol pellets blessed with holy water no less!!


Jared Huish with a new PB 12lb 10oz Warwickshire Avon barbel on HBC pellets glugged in Stimanol


Dave Varnam with a barbel on the HBC Barbel Proactive


Bob Beal with a 6lb 11oz barbel on the HBC Amino Crustacean


And finally Grazy with another Dove double on the HBC Spicy Fish Pro


If you’d like be in with a chance of winning a kilo of your favourite HBC hook baits the please share your captures  by joining our Facebook Public Group and post them up there or email the details and photos to

Tight Lines,

The Hook Bait Team.

Hook Bait Co. owner Darren McCann has recently tweaked the mix on the already successful Spicy Fish Pro range which has already helped put a significant number of specimen fish on the bank so far this season. Darren said “I have added Atlantic Salmon to it plus a couple of inducers as well but that’s not to say the original Spicy Fish Pro won’t do the business because it’s still a top quality bait”

Grazy Roberts with a 12lb 8oz barbel caught on Spicy Fish Pro boilies from the Hook Bait Company

Field tester Grazy Roberts was sent the first batch of bait this week and has just returned from a session on his favorite river Dove in Derbyshire, Grazy takes up the story…

I’ve had a great start to my season and used no other bait apart from the Spicy Fish Pro. So far this season the original bait has resulted in 25 barbel consisting of 4 x 11’s, 4 x 10’s and the remainder good back up fish to 9lb 12oz as well as 31 chub to 4lb 15oz. I was quite excited when Darren said he’d tweaked the latest batch and even more so when the courier arrived with the parcel just in time for my latest trip.

Spicy Fish Pro dumbell boilies from the Hook Bait Company
Spicy Fish Pro dumbells

Along with my team shirt the new bait was discreetly packaged and the Spicy Meat Pro was a gift for my good friend and angling partner Bruce who was already on the river Dove and had 3 barbel through the night to 10lb 10oz on his favorite Hook Bait Co. River Secret.

I arrived mid afternoon on the Saturday and setup alongside Bruce, who’d had a few dropped runs from chub. The river was still up a little on normal levels and had a good colour to it so with 3 barbel the night before we were optimistic for the following 24 hours. The new bait was dispatched into the swim in moderation, half a dozen dumbells broken in half and a small amount of the Hook Bait Co. 6mm salmon pellets loose fed over each spot. My usual micro pellet in a blockend feeder was tried but the lack of flow meant I retrieved an almost full feeder after 20 minutes so instead I swapped to a 2oz grippa lead plugged with a little paste to slow release into the swim and hopefully draw the fish in to investigate.

We spent the afternoon chatting and drinking tea, it was my birthday the day before and Bruce had brought the cake so ‘Tiffin’ was the order of the day.

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Late into evening and still no sign of a bite for me, Bruce had a couple of chub plucks but the swim seemed devoid of life, a disappointing start but still my hopes we’re up and I decided not to recast again until the morning hoping that a fish would find the single hook bait on it’s own merit.

At 6am the following morning a short bleep on the upstream rod had me hover over it waiting for a further sign, if it was just another sneaky chub I’d have to re-bait and disturb the swim. The isotope glowed in the early morning dawn and then disappeared as the rod strained to stay put on the alarm, I lifted in and felt that very reassuring resistance, this was definitely not a chub!!

It headed for the snags to my left but cautious of last weeks hook pull I applied a little pressure and managed to turn it back into open water. When it eventually surfaced I could see it was a good fish by the size of it’s mouth ‘big enough to swallow an orange’ as they say but having had it’s first gulp of unfamiliar fresh air it lunged back down to it’s watery home and this time seemed even more determined to escape. I tightened the clutch a click at a time and after a further three very powerful runs it surfaced again, I pushed the net towards it and it flipped as the net cord brushed it’s side, the line started to whine under stress but I stayed focused and after another minute she was mine!!

Resting in the net was a very broad set of shoulders so I secured the landing net handle and setup the weighing gear and camera, Bruce was on hand to assist and gave me the thumbs up from the bankside, could this be my next step after 4 x 11’s and a PB of 11lb 10oz on opening night?

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After 10 minutes resting in the margins I lifted her out of the water and I knew straight away it was a very decent fish, the first glimpse of it’s depth told me I had a new PB but Bruce wasn’t sure, “a good double mate” he said “probably an eleven”.

The Avon scales were zeroed again and checked by both of us, Bruce lifted the fish up the needle spun around to 7lb, what the? It was still on the mat as Bruce inquired on how the Avons registered a double, it’s 10lb for a full revolution I said so he lifted all the way and we both watched as it flew past 10, 11 and 12 and then settled on 12lb 8oz, wow a new PB and the most perfectly proportioned barbel I’ve caught to date.

I’ll leave you with the photo’s and declare this field test a massive success as I moved swims later that day and had a further 2 barbel and plenty of chub including another new chub PB of 5lb 8oz. Spicy Fish Pro – Bait Sorted.


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A large River Dove chub
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