QI always use 4in hooklengths for the Method feeder, but are there any situations where I should vary this length? GARY DAVIES, VIA EMAIL
AThe standard hooklink for the Method feeder is 3in- 4in. When a carp feeds, it swims over the Method ball without actually attacking it, as was thought many years ago. These fish sit over the groundbait or micro pellets and suck in the fine particles coming off the feeder. With a short or long hooklink the bait isn’t going to be taken in when fish suck the feed. You could use a very short hooklink if you feel that carp are attacking the feeder as soon as it hits the bottom, normally shown in a series of violent bangs on the rod tip when you are tightening the line after casting. In this case, a 2in or even 1in link may work best.
QWhat type of waggler should I use for fifishing pellets on the deck? CHRIS PALMER, VIA EMAIL
AThe best models are insert floats, ideally made from peacock quill as these will be sensitive and will show up the tiniest indications. A straight peacock waggler just won’t be as sensitive and bites won’t register. To maximise your bite-to-fish ratio, the float is best fished with the bait as close to dead depth as possible so just touching bottom. Plumbing up carefully will pay off here. Try to keep as little shot down the line as you can. In a 5ft swim that would be a couple of No.9s and a single No.10 shot evenly spaced down the line. With this minimal shot, you’ll find that the bait falls slowly through the water and you’ll get bites on the drop, especially when using soft expander pellets on the hook.
QWhen the wind blows, the tow on the snake lake that I fish is terrible. What’s the best way to combat it? HARRY COBB, LEOMINSTER
AA small Method feeder would be worth a try and is used regularly by match anglers on snake lakes when the wind makes fishing the pole out of the question. Tow can be murder on shallow far banks of snakes and even using heavier floats don’t solve the problem. Pack a 9ft-10ft tip rod, armed with a small Method or pellet feeder. Make sure the feeder is as small in terms of weight as can be because you’re casting into shallow water on to a flat shelf and won’t need lots of lead to hold bottom. Wrapping micro pellets around the feeder is better than using groundbait, with a banded hard pellet or a couple of dead maggots top hookbaits. Keep your casting regular, every minute or so, to maintain the ‘plop’ of the feeder hitting the water, which can serve as a way of attracting fish into the swim.
Insert floats are very sensitive