Revealed! How to fish Steve Ringer’s new Method feeder clip.
Steve reveals a new device that’s transformed his feeder fishing
SOME of the best ideas in fishing are often the simplest, and the new Method feeder clip I’ve been using recently certainly falls into that category.
This brilliant little device transforms your normal Method feeder into one that allows you to fish popped-up baits on it.
Pop-ups are very effective on the feeder, but I’ve never felt they were being presented properly. The biggest issue I always had was keeping the hookbait in amid the loose offerings. It always tended to move away, due to both the stiffness of the hooklength and the fact that it was attached to the base of the feeder.
The answer was, of course, to attach the hookbait to the middle of the feeder to keep it in right among the loose offerings. Enter the Method feeder clip.
HOW IT WORKS
The Method clip comes in two sizes, small and large, and is designed to fit the two sizes of Guru Method feeders I like to use.
It’s easy to attach, and basically sits on top of the bait platform in the middle of the feeder.
The clip has a rubber slot in the middle. This grips the hooklength safely, and once a fish sucks in the hookbait it feels the bolt effect a lot quicker. That means the chances of a fish getting away with it are vastly reduced.
Once the fish is hooked, the line is pulled free from the clip and you are then free to play the fish in the normal manner.
The beauty of the clip is that it’s so easy to vary the length of your hooklength to suit the conditions while maintaining perfect bait presentation at all times.
I still use a 4ins hooklength as would normally be the case when fishing the Method, but by varying where I put the line in the clip I can, in effect, fish with as long or short a hooklength as I want, depending on how the fish are feeding on the day.
Take today, for example. I’m looking to catch mainly carp from 3lb to well into double figures, so I am using a 4ins hooklength of 0.19mm N-Gauge to a size 12 QM1 hook.
After a lot of experimenting with fishing a pop-up, I like to start off a session with the hookbait popping up around 2ins from the feeder.
Once the feed breaks down in the water the hookbait is left just clear of the loose offerings and is therefore the first thing a fish will see as it approaches the feeder.
As a result, your chances of a bite are massively increased.
A little tip when using the clip is to fish with a relatively short hair. If the hair is too long there is a chance the fish will feel some resistance before the hook is actually in its mouth.
With a short hair, allowing the bait to sit just off the back of the bend, this can’t happen. Long hairs, in my opinion, are not suited to short hooklengths.
Without doubt the most popular hookbaits when using the clip are pop-up boilies in either 8mm or 10mm sizes.
I carry a tub of the Ringers Allsorts pop-ups as these give me a range of colours as well as sizes.
On the subject of colours, without doubt my favourite has to be orange in either 8mm or 10mm.
I don’t know why but it just seems to be the most consistent performer. That said, if you aren’t catching it can be well worth experimenting with other colours, as it’s something that can make a massive difference.
While the Method clip is at its best when used with pop-ups, that isn’t to say it won’t work with bottom baits, because it does.
For instance, if you have a lot of fish feeding around the feeder and a 4ins hooklength seems too long, by using the clip you can keep your hookbait closer to the feeder.
This in turn increases the bolt effect once a fish has sucked the bait in, due to the shorter than usual length of the hooklength.
I can see the Method clip working a treat for crafty F1s, too. These fish are masters of getting away with it, but with a short hooklength they will be hooked before they know what’s happened.
So if you fish a venue where you feel fish are picking up you hookbait but not getting nailed, then the Method clip is well worth a try this weekend.
Who knows? It could change the way you fish forever.
The pop-up Method is very effective.
Allsorts pop-ups come in various colours and sizes.