Steve Ringer on why he’s switched to win­dow feed­ers for bream

Steve ex­plains why he’s switched to a new feeder for his bream fish­ing...

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HAVE to ad­mit when win­dow feed­ers first burst on to the scene a few years back I was more than a lit­tle scep­ti­cal.

That said, I hadn’t fished with them much over here un­til last year’s Steel City Fes­ti­val at Ferry Mead­ows in Peter­bor­ough.

There, to put it quite sim­ply, the bream wanted to eat worms, worms and more worms!

By far the best way of in­tro­duc­ing lots of chopped worm into the swim was through a win­dow feeder!

Since then these feed­ers have come to the fore on a num­ber of bream wa­ters up and down the coun­try, as more and more an­glers start to re­alise just how ef­fec­tive they can be.

Right now they’re prov­ing their

worth again, and so I headed back to Ferry Mead­ows to show you how to get the best out of them…

WHAT IS A WIN­DOW FEEDER?

The best way I can think of de­scrib­ing a win­dow feeder is to imag­ine a mag­got feeder with a chunk cut out of the side –in fact this is pre­cisely how the early win­dow feed­ers were made.

The weight of a win­dow feeder is con­cen­trated in the base, which means they cast like a bul­let.

Even in the poor­est con­di­tions they can still be fished ac­cu­rately at long range.

You can get them in a wide range of sizes, but for bream work at venues such as Ferry Mead­ows it’s the big­ger ver­sions I tend to stick with – the Medium and Large weigh­ing 30g and 40g, re­spec­tively.

I choose the big­ger sizes be­cause nor­mally, when bream fish­ing, I want to re­ally at­tack the swim and the larger feed­ers al­low me to do this as they can carry a lot of loose of­fer­ings.

There are sev­eral dif­fer­ent makes of win­dow feeder on the mar­ket but my favourite for bream fish­ing has to be the Den­nett’s ver­sion.

This doesn’t need any mod­i­fi­ca­tion prior to fish­ing, un­like some of the other win­dow feed­ers I’ve come across.

NOT JUST FOR WORMS

There are lots of baits you can use in a win­dow feeder, but where I gain an edge as far as bream fish­ing goes is by fill­ing the feeder with chopped worms.

With this in mind, for a day’s win­dow feeder work I’ll have with me a kilo of den­drobaena worms, plus other par­ti­cle baits.

These will in­clude a pint of casters, half-a-pint of dead mag­gots, a pint of 2mm mi­cro pel­lets, and two tins of corn.

Ground­bait choice is im­por­tant, too and, as Ferry Mead­ows is very much a fish­meal venue, my mix is made up of 50 per cent Ringers Nat­u­ral and 50 per cent Ringers Dark Bag Up mixes. This com­bi­na­tion has caught more me bream than any other mix.

HOOK­BAITS

As far as hook­baits go I tend to stick to just two – hair-rigged worm and bunches of dead mag­gots.

As a rule I like to kick off on two three-quar­ter-inch pieces of hair­rigged worm, just to try and get a feel for what the bream want.

Af­ter all, when I’m win­dow feeder fish­ing for bream I am feed­ing a lot of chopped worm, so to me it makes sense to have the same on the hair.

How­ever, if this doesn’t seem to work I will not hes­ti­tate to change to a bunch of mag­gots.

It al­ways amazes me how my peg can seem to­tally de­void of fish, only for a switch from worms to mag­gots to pro­duce a bite first cast – it’s un­canny!

BITE TIMES

When I’m bream fish­ing I al­ways time my casts, and for the first hour of the match I’ll fish casts from five to six min­utes to build the swim up.

I will then vary my cast­ing times to try and work out how the fish want it on the day.

So, for in­stance, I will have a 10-minute cast to see if that gets a re­sponse, then two three-minute casts to mix it up and try and pull a bream or two into the swim.

It’s im­por­tant not to be too reg­i­mented. You need to try and make a bite hap­pen, as op­posed to wait­ing for one to come along.

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