Bag up this week­end us­ing the deadly tac­tic that’s tak­ing fish­eries apart

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NOW’S the time to catch your big­gest-ever weight on the Method…. that’s the mes­sage from lead­ing fish­ery bosses as the UK’s big­gest day-ticket wa­ters pro­duce their heav­i­est weights of 2016.

Award-win­ning venues from York­shire down to the South West are see­ing plea­sure and match an­glers take per­sonal best catches and match-win­ning hauls ap­proach­ing the 300lb mark as wa­ter tem­per­a­tures con­tinue to rise and turn carp onto the feed.

The Method has been by far the most pro­duc­tive tac­tic at count­less UK fish­eries in re­cent weeks, among them the pro­lific and ever-pop­u­lar Gold Val­ley Lakes in Hamp­shire.

Not only have vis­it­ing plea­sure an­glers been catch­ing three-fig­ure nets on a daily ba­sis, the tac­tic also re­cently pro­duced the top match weight of the year, tip­ping the scales at 261lb.

“Around 95 per-cent of the day ticket an­glers fish with the Method at this time of the year be­cause it re­ally is such a deadly tac­tic and has the abil­ity to take apart any wa­ter,” said Gold Val­ley owner John Rai­son.

“It’s one of those tac­tics that’s sim­ple and doesn’t have to be used at range. This is why an­glers of any abil­ity can come down here and make their big­gest catch ever. Th­ese weights are only go­ing to get bet­ter as the sum­mer pro­gresses as well.” Mas­sive weights have also been recorded re­cently at Barston Lakes in Soli­hull, West Mid­lands, and Gar­bolino Lind­holme Lakes in Don­caster. Us­ing a va­ri­ety of hair-rigged hook­baits has been the key to huge nets nudg­ing 200lb at Lind­holme, and Barston has also been in blis­ter­ing form, with weights get­ting big­ger by the week. “Plea­sure an­glers are chuck­ing Method feed­ers out at short range, feed­ing 8mm pel­lets over the top and bag­ging-up big time,” said Barston boss Nigel Har­rhy.

“At this time of the year there aren’t many other meth­ods that come close, whether it’s in a match or just a plea­sure ses­sion. It’s easy, ef­fec­tive and often tempts the big­gest fish. There have been loads of big carp to over 20lb landed us­ing the flatbed feeder in the last few days.”

Angling Times colum­nist and com­mer­cial fish­ing expert Steve Ringer is one of the most suc­cess­ful Method feeder an­glers ever and he urged readers to give it a go this week­end.

“The Method is so ef­fec­tive and can be used by an­glers of all skill lev­els and abil­i­ties. The carp hone

right in on the feed and al­most can’t avoid pick­ing up the bait and get­ting hooked,” Steve told Angling Times. “Prob­a­bly the big­gest mis­take made when an­glers fish the Method is to use a hook­link that’s too long.”

Steve Ringer stars in our spe­cial sum­mer tac­tics sec­tion. Turn to page 18

SHORT AND SWEET The set-up works best in con­junc­tion with a short hook­link of hi-tech mono mea­sur­ing four inches. As the fish picks up the hook­bait, the full weight of the feeder pulls the hook home. PAR­CEL OF LOOSEFEED As the feeder con­tents slowly break down and fall away from the frame, the hook­bait is left sit­ting proud on top, in full view of the brows­ing carp.

Carp will home in on bright hook­baits.

A loaded flatbed feeder is com­pletely tan­gle-free in flight and its smooth aero­dy­nam­ics mean it can be cast with to­tal ac­cu­racy. STREAM­LINED IN FLIGHT

Carp big and small are suck­ers for the

Method feeder.

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