PLAY AROUND WITH HOOKLENGTHS
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.