ONE FISH AT A TIME
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.