Method or Hy­brid? For me it’s ‘horses for cour­ses’

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

’VE lost count of the num­ber of big catches I’ve taken on the feeder in the sum­mer months. open to both I will al­ways opt to use an elas­ti­cated feeder, as when I’m play­ing a fish the elas­tic acts as a shock ab­sorber and helps to min­imise hook-pulls, par­tic­u­larly when the fish is on the sur­face around the net.


As with any type of feeder fish­ing the key to suc­cess with the Method is to build a swim up by reg­u­larly cast­ing to the same spot.

The best of way to do this is to use the line clip on your reel’s spool to en­sure you’re hit­ting the same spot ev­ery time.

I also try and pick a marker to cast at. This way I al­ways hit the right dis­tance and direc­tion is good too.

If you’re wor­ried about fish­ing for big carp us­ing the line clip, mark the main­line be­fore you clip it up with a line marker pen. This way, if you hook a big fish and need to un­clip, you can quickly and eas­ily get back to the same spot next cast.


As a guide, to kick off on a nor­mal com­mer­cial I will look to cast ev­ery 3-5 min­ut­ess to start with to try and get some bait down. Then, when the carp do turn up, I can hold them for that lit­tle bit longer.

What you will find when fish­ing in this man­ner is that you will get lit­tle bursts of fish – for ex­am­ple, four quick carp, noth­ing for 20 min­utes, and then three more fish in quick suc­ces­sion.

In the last hour you’ll often find the swim will be solid with fish be­cause by this time there’s plenty of bait on the bot­tom and the fish are prop­erly on the feed any­way due to the time of day.

This is a very pos­i­tive way to fish a feeder and it has caught me a lot of big weights.

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