GET ON THE METHOD!
Bag up this weekend using the deadly tactic that’s taking fisheries apart
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