Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

IN THE warmer months when it comes to feed­ing it’s very much a case that you can’t feed enough, so big feed­ers and lots of bait tend to be the norm. In the cold, though, it’s all about fish­ing for one fish at a time. That means small feed­ers that carry just enough bait for one fish are a nice safe bet.

The other big plus to small feed­ers is that they make a lot less dis­tur­bance on the cast – there’s noth­ing more guar­an­teed to spook fish than crash­ing a big feeder into ice cold, clear wa­ter.

A small feeder feath­ered in so that it barely makes a splash on the sur­face of the wa­ter will catch you more fish at this time of year. As a guide a mini or small Hy­brid feeder, or even a mini pel­let feeder, is ideal for cold-wa­ter work.

When load­ing them it’s im­por­tant not to be tempted to think ‘more bait more fish’ – this def­i­nitely isn’t the case.

I look to barely cover the frame of the feeder with bait. This way I know that I’m putting just enough bait out to catch that one fish with­out risk of over­feed­ing and leav­ing a big pile of pel­lets on the bot­tom.

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