METHOD FEEDER FISHING EXPERT’S TOP TIPS
IN THE last few years, as regular Angler’s Mail magazine readers will be aware, Method feeder fishing has reached new levels here in the UK.
With the introduction of flat-bed feeders and moulds it has never been easier!
Anglers of all ages and abilities can achieve massive catches using this devastating Method in a matter of hours.
The Method feeder and mould creates a great way of presenting a hook bait surrounded by some attractive free helpings which prove irresistible to feeding carp and other species.
As results in Angler’s Mail prove, Method feeder fishing plays a huge role on the match circuit – it is responsible for some massive catches and some big-money wins. With the simplicity of the mould coupled with the simple-to-attach feeders it’s a great part of a match angler’s armoury.
The introduction of the mould has really helped even out the competition because every angler can now present their bait so easily and quickly. And as revealed in Angler’s Mail magazine (August 6, 2011 issue), Adam Rooney, the midlands match ace, is a convert to Guru’s new X-Press moulds.
‘As a match angler, I am always searching for that little edge that makes the difference to come out on top,’ said Adam, who is sponsored by Guru, Shimano and Dynamite Baits.
‘Now that the Method feeder plays such a significant role on the commercial match scene, improving the technique is a must for success.’
Here, Angler’s Mail fans, Adam Rooney shares some of his top tips for Method feeder success…
- An important factor of Method fishing is making sure you have the right tackle to get that Method feeder to that all important spot in the lake where the fish are feeding.
I use a number of different rods and reels to achieve this. For a short chuck of about 40 yards to an island, for instance, I will use an 11ft Shimano Beastmaster commercial feeder rod with a Shimano Rarenium C14FA 4000 reel filled with 6 lb Guru Drag line.
- I use X-Safe Guru Method feeders with a 4-inch 0.22 (9 lb) Guru N-Gauge hook length to the awesome QM1 size 14 hook, finished with a pellet band tied to the hair.
- As you may notice, my hooklength for the Method has a higher breaking strain than my mainline, this is because it is such a small length of line it has very little stretch which makes it weaker, so by stepping it up helps prevent getting broken on the typical savage Method bites.
- Another tip when choosing the area you wish to fish, I always use a bomb of similar weight to a loaded Method feeder. This is so that when you cast to your clip you get the same amount of stretch in your line and get to feel the force in which you need to cast the feeder. This will help keep your feeder in a tighter area, which is essential especially when fishing to islands.
- When fishing the Method to islands I like to fish very tight to the bank. On most venues the bank is very undercut and this is where the carp will take cover and feel safe.
- It is important that once you have cast the Method to the required spot not to move it when you tighten your line up. Once I have cast, I dip the tip of my rod under the water and watch the line sink without moving the reel.
- Once it’s all sunk I leave the line quite slack as I like the line to lay flat on the bottom by the feeder to avoid as many liners and fish moving the feeder.
- At the start of a match I like to cast the Method regularly whether I’m catching or not. I do this to build the swim up with the idea that when the fish arrive they will stay because there will be plenty of food in the swim.
I will usually cast every two minutes in the first hour of the match to achieve this. After that I will leave the Method in up to 15 minutes between casts. This way I can get an idea on how the fish are responding. For example, if I get bites very quickly after casting it shows me that the fish are feeding well and are confident to feed off the ball of food straight away.
- If it takes ten to 15 mins to get a bite it shows the fish are more shy or there are not as many fish in the swim so they don’t have to compete for the food. So waiting that extra time can result in more fish.