BEST FEEDER CHOICE FOR SUMMER SPORT
Method or Hybrid? For me it’s ‘horses for courses’
’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.
CLIP UP TO BUILD A SWIM
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.
HOW OFTEN TO 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.