The Coach £70,000 Match This Champ Jon Whin­cup’s pel­let feeder tips

THIS WEEK: Set up a pel­let feeder rig and bag up on carp

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“Once you have cast your feeder into the per­fect spot you want it to stay there”

JON Whin­cup last week bagged the big­gest ever pay­out in UK match fish­ing when he took vic­tory in the Maver Match This fi­nal.

The Bait-Tech and Fren­zee-backed star got his name into the his­tory books by amass­ing 233lb to scoop the £70,000 cheque.

Al­though his win was se­cured on the pole, Jon is equally skilled at rod and line tac­tics and has won count­less events on the feeder.

This week he re­veals his top five feeder tips to help you put more fish in the net...

1 Don’t think of the feeder as a tac­tic solely in­tended to catch on the deck. Set your rig up ap­pro­pri­ately and you can of­ten get bites as the rig drops through the wa­ter.

When I think I will get bites off bot­tom I use a cage feeder with a 2ft hook-length, us­ing 0.20mm line when dou­ble-fig­ure carp are ex­pected. Pel­lets work well on the hook but mag­gots are even bet­ter.

This is be­cause they are very light and fall slowly through the fi­nal stage of the wa­ter col­umn where most of the shoal is likely to be sat wait­ing to be fed.

2 Peo­ple of­ten ask me how long your feeder should stay in the swim be­fore you should reel in and start again. I al­ways say three min­utes at most.

The commotion of the feeder go­ing into the swim drags fish in from else­where, but once ev­ery­thing has gone quiet again your rig loses its full ef­fec­tive­ness.

Com­mer­cial fish stocks are now feed­ing up for the cool months ahead and so they have a rather large ap­petite right now. Fail to keep top­ping the swim up with the feeder and the fish will soon drift off and bites will cease.

3 It’s im­por­tant to work out fairly early in the ses­sion what the bot­tom is like in the area you are cast­ing to.

If there is a steep slope you are go­ing to need to use a larger feeder than you might ex­pect, as a light one will sim­ply roll down the slope and into a zone you aren’t in­tend­ing to fish.

If you tighten the line up once you have cast but it in­stantly slack­ens off, that prob­a­bly in­di­cates the pres­ence of a slope the feeder is slip­ping down.

If I am fish­ing a com­mer­cial with a 30 yard chuck to the is­land and there is a flat bot­tom I will use an 18g Fren­zee Accu-Cast Cage Feeder, switch­ing to a 24g, 30g or even 36g on a slope.

4 Once you have cast your feeder into the per­fect spot you want it to stay there. Any move­ment on the rod or reel could eas­ily dis­lodge it, emp­ty­ing the con­tents and leav­ing you with a hook­bait and empty feeder that is sat away from a feed­ing shoal.

To stop your feeder mov­ing once it hits the deck, have the rod at just a slight an­gle, point­ing al­most di­rectly at where you have cast.

Keep a lit­tle bit of ten­sion in the rod tip and you won’t miss a proper bite – the rod will prac­ti­cally be pulled off the rest!

5 Al­though I like to keep the bait tight and cast down the same hole every time, I know that tak­ing the clip off and chuck­ing a cou­ple of feet fur­ther can make a dif­fer­ence, es­pe­cially when fish­ing against is­lands.

The wa­ter in front of any reeds is likely to be a lit­tle deeper than that against any bare bank you can get up against.

As the day goes on and the wa­ter warms, fish are likely to push into that shal­low wa­ter, and cast­ing among them can in­stantly step up your catch rate.

A long hook-length can bring bites from fish feed­ing up from the bot­tom.

Carp are al­ready feed­ing up for win­ter.

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