Q When fish­ing the Method feeder I reg­u­larly suf­fer lots of lit­tle taps on the tip. Would these be carp or small fish? Should I strike at them?

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics - GE­ORGE HENDRY, EMAIL

ATh­ese are most likely be­ing caused by small fish such as roach, and should be ig­nored. Even in win­ter, a carp bite will be a pos­i­tive af­fair with a proper pull round. You may also get drop-back bites fish­ing this way – these are nor­mally caused by a fish mov­ing the feeder back to­wards you, or down the slope if you’re cast­ing to an is­land or the far-bank mar­gin. You should reel in and re­cast if this hap­pens, as your bait won’t be in the right place. It’s also worth cast­ing more reg­u­larly, as the idea of the Method feeder is to get fish to in­ves­ti­gate the ball of feed within min­utes of it land­ing.

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