GET ON THE FEEDER
In colder weather few tactics are as reliable as a swimfeeder. Here are six set-ups to try on commercials and rivers now
A METHOD feeder allows you to tuck a bait inside a ball of feed and have both mixed together once the feed breaks down in the water. It’s also a self-hooking rig.
Most fisheries insist on a free-running set-up. The feeder is threaded on to the mainline and stopped by a bead or stop above a short hook-length of around 4ins. Method feeders can be inline or elasticated – a flatbed is the best shape. An inline model works by having the line running through the body, while an elasticated Method has heavy-duty pole elastic running through the middle and is ‘fixed’ to the line so it cannot move up and down. These are outlawed on some fisheries so check first.
A feeder of 15g-30g is fine, but go heavier when casting to a far bank or an island. In this situation, a bit more weight will be needed to stop the feeder rolling down into the deep water.
The beauty of a Method feeder is that the hookbait and feed end up in the same place on the lakebed. Flatbed feeders always land the right way up.