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How to Feeder Fish
Feeder fishing is a method by which you can accurately introduce feed regularly with minimal disturbance at range if necessary. Put simply a feeder is a small container attached to your line which you fill or pack with ground bait, loose feed, maggots or a mixture. Then when you cast out you introduce the contents into your swim, its that simple. The key is accuracy, you need to hit the same spot regularly to build up a bed of bait on your chosen spot to concentrate the fish. As with all fishing get organized, rod, landing net, keep net (if you use one), tools and bait all close to hand. (See Image opposite) When feeder fishing you need to set up your rod at approximately a right angle to your target area.
Feeder fishing with a light quiver tip rod
Feeder fishing with a quiver tip rod is suitable for all coarse fish except pike.
You will need two bank sticks, one rubber screw in butt rest and one feeder rest.
Remember set your bank sticks up so your rod sits at approximately ninety degree angle to where you are going to fish, the tip is used for bite registration so the closer to ninety degrees, the better the indication. Keep the rod tip as close to the water as possible, this reduces the effect of wind on your line.Height from the ground is personal but keep it as low as possible but comfortable for striking The basic setup will look something like this See image.
Feeder fishing with a heavier Avon style feeder rod
Feeder fishing with an Avon style feeder rod is suitable for use mainly
on larger, faster flowing rivers for most coarse fish especially barbel and chub.
You will need two bank sticks one of which needs to be long, one rubber
screw in butt rest and one feeder rest or large open front rest.
Remember set your bank sticks up so your rod sits at approximately ninety degree angle to where you are going to fish, the tip is used for bite registration so the closer to ninety degrees, the better the indication. Because of the stronger flow, weed beds or both that you could incounter on larger rivers you will need to keep as much of your line out of the water as possible, to stop the flow pulling your rig outof position See image. If you are fishing the near bank, a shallow or slow flowing river then the light feeder setup above maybe sufficient.
Basic, method feeder setup
Suitable for carp and larger coarse fish.
You will need two bank sticks, one rubber screw in butt rest, one plastic front rest, one bite indicator (these come in many forms swingers, hangers, bobbins or monkey climbers) the choice is yours but swingers and monkey climbs are better in windy conditions.Electronic bite alarms are not essential, more of a luxury or for night fishing, so if your budget allows then get one. Rod required, for larger fish a test curve of 2.5 minimum. For smaller fish a test curve of 1.5 to 2. The basic setup will look something like this See image.
Where possible point the rod towards the area you intend to fish, this is not essential but will cut down resistance when a fish takes. Keep the rod tip as close to the water as possible, this reduces the effect of wind on your line. Height from the ground is personal but keep it as low as possible but comfortable for striking. The bite indicator should be set so it can fall as well as rise in case a fish pulls your rig towards you (called drop back).
Never leave the ratchet on the reel in the lock position unless you are using a freespool reel, if you use a normal fixed spool reel, attach a lineclip, some rods come with this or place a rubber band on the butt section of your rod just in front of your reel. Then after you have cast out pull a small loop of line through the clip or rubber band and open your bail arm,this will allow the fish to take line and not pull your rod in. See image.
Why a right angle ? well a feeder rod (or quiver tip) has a very thin tip section which is used to indicate a bite. In the images the tip is pulled slightly to the left so that the line is under tension. When a fish picks up the bait the tip will move, either twitch or pull to the left or twitch back straight, both of which are an indication of a bite. So the closer to a right angle the rod is to your target area the better the indication.
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