At the waterfall, baiting is the most difficult. Throwing the groundbait loosely is a bit of a risk, because it is immediately carried away by a strong surface current and carried away from the fishery. The effect is predictable – groundbait instead of attracting fish, pulls them away from the place. So we are left with three options. When using the ground method with small lures, such as white worms, castery. hemp etc., we use a feeder. The basket must be so loaded, so that it quickly descends "through” surface current and gave the groundbait only at the bottom. Some openings in the TV set can be covered with insulating tape, that while sinking to the bottom, not much groundbait was coming out of it. At the beginning, I advise you to lure very sparingly and gradually peel off the holes in the basket. Getting too much groundbait out of the feeder in the surface layer of the water can only scare the fish unnecessarily. My feeder is a little heavier than it should be, to lie firmly on the bottom. Thanks to this, it sinks very quickly and I have confidence, that he will be lying there, where I wish it. Large, heavy pieces of groundbait, such as luncheon cubes or protein balls, I usually string it on a line that dissolves in water and attach it to a hook with a bait attached. This line dissolves only after the groundbait reaches the bottom. In weak water currents, I like to use a line that dissolves in water, because outside the feeder, this is the only way to effectively place the groundbait next to the bait.
When fishing with a float or the bottom method, we can use the so-called "Baitdropper" (this is the third method of enticing signaled earlier by me). The Baitdropper is specially loaded, tube filled with groundbait, which is lowered to the bottom on the second rod. After pulling the line, the "pipe” opens and the bait "places" on the bottom precisely in the selected place. I now propose to take a closer look at the barbel, because these fish are undoubtedly the most attractive fish for anglers, that can be caught below the water thresholds. I confess, that if I decide to fish below dams and waterfalls, I always focus mainly on barbel. The first question is always the same as when fishing in any water: where the fish stand? As already mentioned, barbel is very eager to gather directly under the waterfall, that is, in place, in which the water splashing at the surface creates a white foam. Good barbel fisheries are also located slightly below the point of the water fall. It often happens, that natural food (groundbait too) it accumulates behind some larger rock or in depressions at the bottom of the river. Such places can only be found experimentally, so after many weeks of fishing in one hole under a waterfall. Main current in the middle of the river bed, just below the water threshold, that's another, an extremely attractive barbel fishery. When fishing with a float, it is worth trying various variants of the flow in a strong current – it really pays off. Why? Well, in the middle it is usually the deepest and most full of summer. in beautiful sunny weather, the biggest barbel always gathers there. The fish only leave this place for morning feeding under the waterfall.
Side reverse currents are best when the water is high and cloudy after heavy rainfall. For reasons, which I haven't been able to explain yet, barbel is best taken in reverse in the evening. Ultimately, and I have already mentioned this, everywhere there, where are the tabs, There are certainly some barbel nearby. Many years of practice are required, to imagine in the tiniest detail the underwater landscape of the pit beneath the waterfall, so that you can always select places with a high degree of probability, in which at any given moment will take barbel. I use a length rod to fish for barbel below the water thresholds 3,6 meter and the curvature test 1,5 pound. This stick has a very sensitive tip, allowing you to notice even the slightest bite, and at the same time it is strong enough, that I can fight the biggest barbell among the biggest snags without fear. I usually fish with a main line of strength 3,5 kg and a leader with strength 3 kg. For large lures, such as luncheon cubes and rosewood, I use strong hooks no 6 from thick wire (Mustad Pro Specimen Barbe 10006 BR). When fishing with small lures (White worms, castery) I use hooks no 14 Mustad Match (39844). When fishing with the bottom method, I always put the rod down vertically. This is very important, that there is as little line as possible in the water that is exposed to the action of fast surface current. When fishing with a feeder or a bottom sinker, I use the so-called side strap and loop set. (the main line ends with a large loop, and a leader is tied above it). This kit has two great advantages. A leader almost never gets tangled with the main line, while the weight or basket is held very firmly on a 15-centimeter loop. It is very important when fishing among snags. Weight (or a feeder) because it cannot move along the line and it very rarely gets caught on the bottom when fighting the fish. Weight jamming under a stone or a larger piece of wood, when the fish quickly runs away with the flow, is the most dangerous moment when fishing for barbel. The angler stops controlling the fish within one second and almost always loses it. Attach the bottom sinker or the bait feeder to the loop of the main line on the side strap. The strand's line should be a bit weaker than the main line, so that only the weight or the TV breaks off in the event of a catch. I use a strong line for delicate float fishing 2,5 kg (leader 2 kg), hook no 14 and small lures (white worms or casers). The float should be either oblong with a fairly large body diameter, or short and bulky. All the pellets loading the float are concentrated in one place, so that the bait falls as quickly as possible through the surface current layer to the bottom.