INLINE METHOD FEEDERS – tested by STEVE LOCKETT
Looking a little dated now, the Splash ‘Em still offers reasonable performance at a great price. The wire coil and bumps on the feeder bed will help to keep groundbait or pellets firmly attached. Hook baits could easily be presented at the side of the coils for an unusual offering. There are three sizes of feeder, each of which comes with a well-matched weight loading. A choice of loadings for the sizes would improve the range. A more concentrated weight would also be beneficial. The smooth central tube will be very kind to the mainline. A solid metal construction should prove very sturdy and long lasting.
£1.99 – £2.25
A comprehensive range of sizes and weights, including up to a whopping 80 gr, will cover any commercial fishing situation. Nine feeders make up the range, with the small size looking to be the perfect all-rounder. The weights are nice and compact with a raised logo on the base adding a little grip. Construction looks good, with very tough plastic and a well-attached weight. The tail rubber seems a little harsh and the central tube is rough and needs finishing. Slightly pricy, but a good system for those who fish a variety of venues and need a range of options.
£2.59 – £2.75
An updated version of the original feeder to match the Speed Mould, this offering looks much more sturdy than before. The tail rubber is soft, but the central tubing has a few rough edges, this may cause damage as a feeder bumps up and down the line. Flat-topped ribs will help to prevent hooks getting snagged. A nicely concentrated weight will really help with both casting accuracy and gripping the bottom when fishing to islands. A range of three sizes includes the superb mini version for winter fishing. Weights from 15 gr to 35 gr give plenty of scope for year-round use.
Supplied with a great swivelling quick-change bead, the MAP feeder is a good looker too. The neck is a little longer than the others on test; this will help with casting accuracy. A dip in the frame should help to give excellent presentation of a buried hook bait. The tail rubber is neat and the central bore well finished to keep line damage at bay. The weight loading is quite flat and smooth, which may not help with keeping the feeder still when fishing to islands. Only two sizes, but each in a choice of 15 gr or 30 gr to give options for both feeding amounts and casting range.
A super soft tail rubber and very concentrated weight loading help the Maver feeder to stand out. The dip in the middle rib is the deepest of those on test and will help to ensure hook baits bed in when buried and the hook point is well clear of potentially damaging plastic. Three sizes cover year-round use, with the medium and large feeders having a choice of two weights. 15, 20 and 30 gr options are perfect for all but the most extreme commercial fishery use. Very competitively priced, these feeders look like they will take plenty of abuse and put big nets together.
NOTE: All products tested January 2012. 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.
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