THIS WEEK: Change your Method approach and keep catching
THE days of lashing in the feed are gone for the year, and there is no better tactic for delivering a small parcel of bait accurately than the Method feeder.
A proven winner under almost any conditions, you’ll struggle to find a more consistent approach at this time of year.
Moulding a few micro pellets round the feeder and chucking it out will produce a few bites, but could a few tweaks keep up the hectic bagging pace you’ve experienced throughout summer?
Shimano and Dynamite Baits star Rob Wootton is adamant they will, and this week he reveals the five different Method feeder combinations that have kept the tip wrapping round.
“At this time of year there is still a tinge of colour in the water, so it really is important to make your bait stand out as much as possible.
“A dash of flavouring on top of your pellets can do just that. This will seep off and linger in the area, with the scent that is released drawing in fish from other pegs.
“There are lots of products on the market that have an impressive track record for drawing in big carp.
“Dynamite Baits’ Liquid Robin Red and Marine Halibut Sea Salt liquids are among the best, in my experience.”
“We all strive to increase our catch rate, and using a hookbait that stands out a mile against a bed of groundbait is the way to do just that.
“If the fish aren’t going mad for the feed, they are likely to graze over the top of the Method feeder and pick off the odd morsel as opposed to devouring the lot in one go.
“A bright hookbait will be seen instantly and is likely to be that morsel they will pick up first.
A bright red mini boilie over green Dynamite Baits Green Swim Stim is the perfect example of a contrasting combination that has caught me stacks of fish over the years.”
“Once the colour drops out of the water, the fish will use sight more to find food and rely less on their sense of smell.
“When this happens, a Method feeder packed with a bright and vibrant bait will attract plenty of bites.
“Dynamite Baits Swim Stim Krill groundbait is bright orange, and fits the bill perfectly.
“Micro pellets can be added to the groundbait if you feel the fish have an appetite for a bigger meal
on the day.”
GROUNDBAIT/ PELLET COMBO
“Irrespective of whether groundbait or pellets is better on the Method, there are times where putting the two together is the best thing you can do.
“The groundbait creates a cloud on the bottom, while the pellets are an extra food source. The combination also sticks together well when casting long distances.”
BREAD METHOD FEEDER
“A bread hookbait amid a pile of pellet loosefeed is deadly. The fish will slurp a few pellets up and take the bread in at the same time, because it is so light.
“I like to use two or three 8mm punched bread discs on a hair rig at this time of year.”
Five great ways of adapting your Method feed as the water cools.
Bright baits work well when the colour drops out of the water.