Tested by Dave Coster
Available in mini (15 gr), small (15 or 28 gr) and large (20 or 35 gr) sizes, these flatbed feeders have slightly squared off, low standing vanes. They are also marketed in elasticated form and in packs with relevant size Method moulds. The vanes have quite large openings in them, which buried hooks could snag in, resulting in a wasted cast. Apart from this these feeders work well, hugging and gripping bottom well when fishing tight to sloping features. The bodies are an unobtrusive brown colour and the in-line versions have plastic central tubes with quite bulky tail rubbers installed.
One size was supplied for testing and this came with 20 or 30 gr base weight options (elasticated versions are also available). These low set feeders have a unique dip in their central vanes, designed for tucking hook baits inside the feed when loading with groundbait or soft pellets. There were a few rough moulded edges but generally these black flatbeds performed very well. The vane openings didn’t tend to snag buried hooks, which is especially important when hair-rigging baits. Quite small swivels are required to form a bolt effect and there were no rubber grommets to anchor these.
Small, medium and large sizes having increasingly heavier weights set in their keel shaped bases. These clear plastic feeders blend in well with groundbait mixes and have a nice aerodynamic shape. The central vanes have large openings underneath, which buried hook offerings might occasionally snag in; otherwise these bottom hugging flatbeds perform very well. They have soft rubber grommets set in their bases that accept size 10 to 14 swivels, ideal for creating a bolt effect. The central plastic tubes are fitted with neat clear tail rubbers and the overall finish is superb.
Small (24 gr) and medium (28 gr) in-line sizes, also available in ‘X-Safe’ elasticated versions. These uniquely shaped feeders feature special hook bait platforms designed for accurately positioning buried hook offerings. The groundbait anchoring vanes are also shaped differently in a cross format. Finished in a matt pale brown colour and supplied with neatly fitting swivels for a semi-bolt effect, these cleverly designed feeders have no potential hook snagging openings. The base leads were prone to coming adrift on early versions I tried out, but these more recent samples were fine.
Available in small and large sizes, each with 15, 30 and 45 gr weight options (elasticated versions are available at the same price). These dull brown feeders have low profiles and hug the bottom nicely, having versatile weight options to suit a good span of casting distances. Small size has three evenly spaced vanes, while larger size has four – with a pronounced gap in the middle. This is obviously aimed at burying hook baits, although large openings in the vanes might occasionally snag exposed hooks. These feeders have a compact shape and fit Preston’s Method moulds for neat loading.
Dull green/brown colour blends in perfectly with groundbait and bottom terrain on these small and large feeders, both coming with 20 or 28 gr weight options. They feature low-slung vanes and well-formed tail rubbers, along with neat rubber base grommets. The latter take a size 10 swivel perfectly for a bolt effect (five swivels are also supplied). No hook snagging problems with the small size but quite large openings in the vanes on the large size might catch up small baits or exposed hooks occasionally. But generally these are the best made feeders of the bunch and they perform superbly.
NOTE: All products tested March 2010. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.