Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

A BLOCKEND feeder lets you put a stream of bait in tight spots that can’t be ac­cessed with a wag­gler. This tac­tic has caught thou­sands of chub all over the UK.

In re­cent years pel­lets have come to the fore, es­pe­cially in coloured wa­ter and on rivers that see a lot of bar­bel an­glers us­ing the bait.

What makes the dif­fer­ence be­tween a few fish and a net­ful is what you put through the feeder and the length of tail and weight of the feeder it­self. Chub won’t take baits that are poorly pre­sented.

Oily hal­ibut pel­lets of­fer more at­trac­tion in coloured wa­ter than a plain carp-style pel­let. Start with an 8mm bait, go­ing up to a 12mm if small fish are a prob­lem. Cram in mi­cros, 4mm and a few 6mm of­fer­ings.

Pick a feeder that’s slightly lighter than needed and then add ex­tra weight in the form of stick-on leads or a length of lead strip.

Hooklengths can vary from 12ins up to 4ft. Start at around 2ft, but if bites are com­ing but no fish are hooked, shorten it by 3ins-4ins at a time. If you get knocks but noth­ing de­vel­ops, lengthen the hook­link bit by bit.

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