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.

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics - GARETH READ­ING, EMAIL

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.

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