Why do so few anglers use cage feeders on commercial carp lakes? Surely they are worth a go, but almost everyone on my lake uses Method feeders.
ABoth will catch their share of fish on a pleasure session but they present the bait and introduce feed into the swim in different ways. The type of peg you are fishing may also dictate which feeder is better to use. A Method feeder with a short hooklink is a very positive way of fishing, putting the bait amid the feed and enabling you to be very precise. It’s also excellent when casting close to islands or far banks with vegetation as there’s little chance of the short hooklink being snagged in the greenery. Bites will be very positive thanks to that short link. As you say, cage feeders are rarely used on commercials, but when fished in conjunction with the Method this type of feeder can be deadly. It offers the fish something totally different and enables you to fish with a hookbait sinking slowly through the last foot of the swim. If used with feed pressed lightly into the feeder, it can create a cloud close to the deck for the bait to fall through. Corn is a great bait in this situation as it is very visible when it falls through the water. The hooklength should be about a foot long and the feeder shouldn’t be too big either, say around 30g – heavier if you have to fish at a greater distance. You can fish both pellets and groundbait in the feeder, but using just groundbait means your hookbait will be more easily picked out amid the feed.