Fancy shotting patterns don’t catch extra fish. More often than not, they just cause tangles, resulting in wasted fishing time.
What is a Method feeder? Effectively, it’s a 30 g piece of lead and plastic, positioned four inches from your hook, and that seems to work fine!
Of course, I realise that pole fishing is different, but there’s still no need to overcomplicate things, so I tend to use two straightforward rigs when fishing commercials.
Firstly, if the float is under
0.5 g, I will simply bulk all the shot at the top of the hook length, as this holds the float still and shows bites really clearly.
For bigger floats, I move the bulk higher and place a No.8 dropper shot at the top of the hook length. A large bulk suspended next to the bait often leads to missed bites when striking with heavier floats, but a No.8 shows the bite clearly, with the bulk set well away.
It may sound too easy, but I truly believe it is just one fewer thing to worry about. Always remember that rigs are just bite indicators; it is your feeding that is the key to good catches.
Shot to pieces
Lee’s favoured size 18 hooks for hair-rigged banded pellets.Practising what he preaches – Lee in action on a feeder and (below) with a net of bream.