WHEN I’m fish­ing for bream with an open-end feeder it never ceases to amaze me how many an­glers still fish with 3ft-4ft long hooklengths.

To me, the whole idea of feeder fish­ing is to get the bream feed­ing around the feeder it­self.

To then put your hookbait 4ft away I some­thing I just don’t get!

As a rule I like to kick off with a 50cm hook­length, and I will then shorten it fur­ther if match rules al­low and I feel there are a lot of bream in the peg.

If I’m get­ting signs but no bites the first thing I will do is shorten the hook­length down to 25cm to get the hookbait closer to the feeder where I ex­pect the bream to be feed­ing.

The only time I would con­sider us­ing a longer hook­length would be if the fish­ing was very hard and the wa­ter was clear.

In this sit­u­a­tion some­times the fish can be spooked by the feeder, so it makes sense to use a longer hook­length be­cause the bream might be sit­ting some dis­tance off the bait.

This sit­u­a­tion is rare, though, and I would say that 95 per cent of my bream fish­ing is done us­ing hooklengths of 50cm or less.

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