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?
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.