MINI BLOCK-END FEEDERS – TESTED!
Tested by DAVE COSTER
Interesting block-end design with a light sideweight and heavier baseweight. The latter is set in the base cap and can be removed, if required. These feeders are a bright green colour, which puts me off a bit, while the smallest size still carries a fair loading of bait. It casts a long way with both weights installed, dropping down to just 15 gr with the base weight taken out. This makes for a versatile block-end although the small attachment eye underneath is a tad awkward to use.
Dull brown block-end design with heavy perforations in its body for fast bait release. The smallest size offers 10 gr, 20 gr or 30 gr fixed side weight options, having a filler cap held in place with a powergum link. The link protrudes outside and has a swivel link attached. With a good range of weights available, this design is pretty versatile, and the perforations are big enough to extend usage to baits other than maggots in running water. The over large opening lever on the top cap looks a bit snag prone.
Compact block-end that still deposits a fair helping of bait, and it’s available with substantial 35 gr and 42 gr side weights. There are also base weight versions with lighter 14 gr and 21 gr screw-on loadings. Relies on Middy’s removable filler cap system for fast and easy loading, featuring a neat swivel head for tangle-free attachment. Ideal for river fishing, particularly holding bottom in fast flow rates, and also casts a long way. Useful when maggot feed needs to be cut back a bit when the going is hard.
The smallest of four sizes is loaded with fixed .25 oz or .5 oz side lead options with these finned block-ends, which also feature rotating end caps. The latter can have their perforations closed off or opened, depending on feeding requirements. In open mode they help to release baits such as maggots faster. These feeders have neat links with moulded swivels and carry just enough bait to tease fish into feeding in hard conditions. I’m not convinced the fins achieve much, but this is still a nice design.
The smallest of three sizes of long-range base weight block-end feeders, supplied with 16 gr or 28 gr fixed loadings. These unobtrusive brown feeders cast a long way and release maggots fast due to their large body perforations. Their neat internal powergum links end with a small attachment eye outside their top caps. The caps flip over for fast filling and clip back securely. This type of feeder is perfect for medium-to-long range, especially reaching far off features in lakes or slow moving rivers.
The smallest size of three can be purchased with
15 gr or 20 gr fixed side weights on these neat looking block-ends, which feature a low slung profile and dull brown colour. They have quite short links with semi-covered swivels protruding. The top cap swivels open while remaining anchored to the flexible plastic link, for fast filling and closing. Decent size exit holes in the body also feature cutting guides to allow them to be opened out for feeding larger particles, or for faster bait release. Top notch!
NOTE: All products tested February 2011. 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.
CHECK OUT OUR METHOD FEEDER TEST HERELike Angler's Mail? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.