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Method feeder fishing for Carp

Method feeder fishing for Carp

– [Instructor] The method
feeder is an easy to understand and effective way of fishing. The method is popular with
amateur anglers like me right through to
professional match anglers. Carp are usually the
target, so it works best on a water that has a
reasonable stock of carp. Let’s start by looking at how the method feeder catches fish. This is an inline method
feeder or safe method feeder. Inline simply means the
main line runs through the middle of the feeder. Safe refers to the fish safety,
which I’ll explain later. The feeder has a flat
weight on the bottom, which does two things. Firstly, it provides the casting weight and secondly, the feed will
always land on the lake bed the right way up. In other words, with the frame on top. A short length of line
with the hook is attached to the feeder. Feed is molded around the
frame along with the hook and the bait. This creates a neat parcel
of food with the hook and the bait embedded inside. When a fish comes across the
feeder, it will drop down to eat the feed, sucking
up the bait and the hook at the same time. As the fish lifts its
head, the feeder is lifted off the lake bed. The weight of the feeder
pulling on the hook length will cause the hook to prick the inside of the fish’s mouth. As soon as the fish feels
the hook prick, it will know it’s a trap and bolt,
causing an unmistakable indication at the rod. Most of the time, I use
a small, 24 gram feeder. I don’t use anything less than 24 grams because they’re just too light and fiddly. I don’t use a large size feeder because of the risk of over feeding. I don’t want the fish to eat their fill and then leave the area. I’m using an 11 foot Quiver Tip rod, able to cast 30 grams. I can comfortable cast
40 yards with this rod and a 24 gram feeder. Always ensure your rod is rated to cast the weight of the feeder. To cast further, I will
need a heavier feeder and a stronger, longer rod. A 45 gram feeder, for
example, will need a powerful 12 foot rod, but should
cast over 70 yards. With this rod, I’m using
a size 40 Baitrunner reel loaded with eight pound monofilament line. Some anglers don’t use
mono when feeder fishing, preferring flurocarbon or braid. The question of line is important, but I can only tell you what I do. I like mono when fishing under 40 yards because monofilament line has
a certain amount of stretch. Bites on the method can be quite dramatic and the stretch in the
mono helps to absorb the initial lunge of the
fish, but over 40 yards and the stretch becomes too much. It feels like you’re
trying to play the fish on a length of elastic. Flurocarbon has much
less stretch and braid has virtually no stretch at
all, which makes controlling the fish at distance a lot
easier, but when you get the fish close to the back, the lack
of stretch in fluro or braid can cause hook pulls or
the hook length can break. If I use flurocarbon or braid, I will use a light clutch setting on the reel. The clutch will strip
long before the hook pulls and the line breaks. Anyway, whatever you use,
make sure the feeder, rod, reel, and line are balanced
and complement each other. The whole idea of a method
feeder is a simple one, but getting the feed right
and loading it on the feed is the trick. The first job is to prepare pellets or method mix groundbait to
mould onto the feeder frame. The feed will also need
to stay on during the cast and through the water to the lake bed. Preparing the feed is the
first job I do on arrival. For a method mix groundbait,
put the dry powder into a bucket and add a little pond water give it a good mix, then
riddle the groundbait into another bucket. The lumps are the wettest
parts of the groundbait. By using a riddle, you will
break up these wetter lumps and spread them through
the rest of the mix. Now you must leave the groundbait to soak for a good 15 minutes. For pellets, put some
pellets into a bait box and just cover them in pond water. Leave to soak for one
minute for each millimeter in size of the pellet. Oily pellets like halibut take longer, sometimes much longer. It depends on the brand. One they are soaked,
drain off the excess water and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Sometimes the pellets stick
together better than others. Micro or small pellets
stick together better than large pellets. If the pellets you want to
use won’t stick together, then you can add them to
some prepared groundbait in a 50/50 mix. Attach the feeder by threading
the main line through the feeder body. Tie a swivel to the end of the main line. The size of the swivel
is important and specific to the feeder, although most
feeders include the swivel. Once tied, push the swivel
into the feeder body. It should be a snug fit into
the front of the feeder. To ensure the best
chance of hooking a fish, use a short shank, wide-gape hook. This designer hook is very
hooky (laughing) if you see what I mean and is most
likely to pick or catch on the fish’s mouth. Generally, the bait is
attached by hair rig, allowing the hook to
be completely exposed. For hard baits like pellets, use a band to attach the bait. For softer baits like
boilies, just use the hair with a hair stop. I aim to catch fish of a
couple of pounds and bigger. I use baits from six millimeters
up to about 10 millimeters with barb-less hooks from size 16 to 12. Always use a barb-less hook. Not only do they penetrate more easily, but are kinder to the fish. I tie me own hook lengths,
often from ordinary six pound mono, but a
modern low diameter line, all braid, may be better, or you can buy ready-tied method feeder hook lengths from a tackle shop. I like to use a hook length
of a weaker breaking strain than the main line so
that if the line is put under great strain, the weaker hook length is more likely to break
than the main line. If somehow the main line
breaks or is cut by a sharp underwater object, the
safe aspect of the safe method feeder comes into play. With a safe feeder, the
snug-fitting swivel that the hook length is attached to will
pull out of the feeder, allowing the remaining main
line to pull through the feeder. This ensures the fish is not left tethered to a heavy feeder, which could
cause the death of the fish. Even with a weaker hook length,
always use a safe method feeder and have your reel’s
clutch set correctly. Arrange your rod breadth so that the rod is at an angle to the swim. It doesn’t need to be at right angles, but just a reasonable angle. The tip of the rod should be close to the water’s surface. This ensures the first
few feet of line above the feeder is close to the
bottom, where hopefully the fish won’t notice it. Because the fish bolt
when the hook pricks, I like to use a rear rod
rest that grips the rod, less chance of the rod being pulled in. Although if bites are coming quickly, it’s easier just to hold
the rod in your lap. Once all the gear is
set, I’ll check the feed. This groundbait is too dry. You can see it will squeeze into a ball, but as soon as I touch
it, it just crumbles. I need to add some more
water, mix, and riddle again, then leave for another 15 minutes. The pellets are sticking together. They’re just about right. Carp an often be found in
and around reeds, lily baits, while patrolling the banks of an island. Cast as close to a feature as you dare. Aim to get within a yard. If you fall short or overcast,
estimate the distance and reel in or let line out until correct. Then clip up. Do one more test cast and
make any fine adjustments. When you wind the feeder
back, count the number of turns of the handle of the reel it takes to retrieve the feeder. If, for some reason, you have to unclip, it’s a simple task to
set the distance again. To do that, cast anywhere in the lake, a similar distance to your swim. Clip up and then reel in while
counting a number of turns. If the number of turns isn’t quite right, cast out again and unclip,
then wind in or wind out until you have the
correct number of turns. Then clip up again, knowing
that you set the right distance. If I’m fishing in open
water, I don’t usually use a line clip. It worries me that I won’t
be able to stop a big fish before it reaches the line
clip and breaks the line, but up against an island or reed beds, the fish will swim to one side rather than straight away from me. There are reels that automatically unclip, but I don’t have one of those, so for me, I just don’t use a clip in open water. Whilst I’m happy with the
distance and clipped up, I would attach the hook length. It’ pretty much accepted
that a short hook length of four inches is best,
long enough for the fish to suck it into his
mouth, but short enough to ensure the fish gets
pricked as soon as it moves. A four inch hook length,
for me, is four inches from the bend of the hook
to the end of the loop. I tie my hook lengths to end
up with the bait on the hair, just off the bottom of the hook. Use a knot-less knot on the
hook and a figure of eight knot for the loop. If I’m using a hard
hook bait like a pellet, I will include a pellet band in the hair. With a soft bait, a boilie, for example, I would just leave the loop
in the hair and then use a boilie stop or better
still in my opinion, a blade of grass to keep the bait on. Finally, I attach the
hook length to the feeder, pass the loop through the
swivel, and then pass the hook through the loop. The groundbait should fall
into lumps when squeezed, not crumble as before. This is now right and ready for use. I could squeeze the feed
onto the feeder by hand, but it’s much easier to use a mould. Place the hook and bait
in the bottom of the mould. Fill the mould with feed
and press the feeder into the mould, frame first. Give the feeder a firm squeeze and then press the underside of the mould to eject the loaded feeder. With pellets, it’s exactly the same. Hook bait in the bottom, feed on top, squeeze the feeder into the mould. As the feeder falls through
the water, some of the feed will inevitably be washed off. If the water is more
than about six feet deep, you might have to skin
the feeder to make sure the hook bait isn’t washed
off on the way down. Skinning is simply loading
the feeder as normal, then adding an extra layer
of feet over the top. The skin will hold the bait
in place as the feeder sinks. Skinning can also help
you for being plagued by small fish eating the feed. The extra feed on the skin will allow you to keep the feeder in the
swim a few minutes longer. Every groundbait and every type of pellet takes a different amount of water. You can add more water to
groundbait and you can soak the pellets for a second
time, just for a minute or two if they’re too dry, but
once either gets too wet, you got a problem not
only loading the feeder, but also how the feeder
behaves in the water. Here, the pellets are
sticking to the inside of the feeder mould. This is because the pellets are too wet. I’ve left them too long
in the water soaking before draining them off. Groundbait would also stick
to the mold if too much water is added to the mix. If the pellets are too
wet, I just mix them 50/50 with groundbait. As you can see, this allows
them to stick to the feeder. With ground bait that is too wet, there are various tricks you can try, like putting the mould
inside a polythene bag and loading the feeder
on top, or you could wet the mould first, or add more
dry mix to the groundbait. But in all honesty, spending
a little time mixing it right in the first place is the best solution. With the feeder loaded,
I can cast out confident that the feed won’t fly off on the cast or disintegrate as soon
as it hits the water. I cast just beyond my chosen spot, knowing that the long
clip will stop the feeder at the right distance. Cast and then hold the rod
upright to absorb the shock of the clip stopping the feeder. Done properly, the feeder
should only give a tug on the rod just before it hits the water. Once the feeder is settled on the bottom, sink the main line
either by putting the rod in its rest and slowly winding
in, dragging the line under, or by holding the rod tip under the water and pulling the line by hand. Finally, tighten down to the feeder, produce a slight bend in the quiver tip. It’s most important that
you do not move the feeder when sinking the line. Any movement will cause
the feeder to bury itself in the mud or cause the
feeder to turn over, neither of which will catch you any fish. With the feeder on the bottom,
I’m sure you’ll appreciate that the feed won’t last long. Roach can demolish your feed
in no time and the actions of carp will soon wash
away the feed, but how long should you leave the
feeder before reeling in and reloading it? I think, perhaps, the
easiest way to answer that is to run through what I do
when I fish the method feeder. In the summer, when I know
the fish are most active, I like to start by leaving the feeder in for just five minutes on
the first four to six casts. If I don’t catch anything, I
have at least put some feed in the swim, which will
hopefully attract a few fish. After that, I’ll leave the
feeder in for 10 to 15 minutes on each cast until the fish arrive. Once I start catching, I
abandon time in the feeder because I will be reloading
it after each fish anyway. In the winter, the first
job is to find the carp. Carp tend to group together
in sheltered parts of the lake, often in and weed beds
which are died back, but will still offer shelter
and a slightly higher water temperature due to
the decaying vegetation. Fish are coldblooded, so when
the water temperature is low, their metabolism is very slow,
meaning the don’t eat much, so you use a fine groundbait in the winter because it would attract
fish, but not feed them. I will cast around the
lake, giving each swim maybe 10 minutes until I find the fish. Often, the fish will
congregate in the same areas year after year, so it’s
worth making a mental note of where you find them. Clearly, the best indication
that you found the fish is to catch one, but also, look
for indications at the tip, which could be line bites. Even with line bites, if
I don’t catch any carp, I will try elsewhere until I do. Although you may fish in
the middle of the lake in the summer, this is
very exposed in the winter, so don’t forget to try the margins. In some types of fishing
with a quiver tip, you may well react to a
slight pull of the tip, but not with the method feeder. As the fish attack the
feeder, they will cause small movements of the tip. You must learn to ignore
these little flicks and pulls because when a proper bite
happens, there is no doubt. When a fish is pricked by
the hook, it will bolt, which will cause the tip to pull round. Only then do you pick the rod up. Now I said to ignore the line bites, but that’s not strictly
true because line bites are a good indication of
fish around your swim. Now they could be a shoulder
roach demolishing your feed or it could be carp grubbing around. You won’t know until you catch something, but what you do know is
that there are fish there. The more the tip quivers,
the more the fish, whatever size they are,
you have in your swim. The more fish, the sooner you will have to reload the feeder. If the tip is constantly on
the go, you may have to reel in and reload every few minutes, even if it’s just small
stuff eating the feed. Eventually, the carp will move in and scare away any small stuff
and then you can get down to the business of catching decent fish. I don’t use the method
for targeting big fish. It’s much better at catching lots of fish between two and 10 pound, I suppose. That doesn’t mean that
you won’t pick up the odd larger fish, just don’t expect to. Besides, there are better
ways to target big carp. You have watched me cast a few
times and I’ve been casting out to the lilies in the middle. It seems to me that the
method is often portrayed as distance fishing. There is nothing at all
to stop you using it a lot closer. Here, I’m fishing a large
lake, but just swinging the feeder out little
more than a rod length. Why am I fishing a feeder and not a float or some other method? Well, this particular swim is literally no more than 18 inches deep. Although not impossible, I
chose not to fish the float in such shallow water. You will notice, the rod
is pointing at the feeder instead of being at an angle. The peg is simply too
tight to have the rod at an angle and be able to strike. Instead, I have the Baitrunner switched on and I just wait for the fish to bolt, pulling the line as it goes. They never seem to just
dive into the reeds. They always want to charge
off across the lake, so no problem with bite detection. Ordinarily, I would fish
with the rod at an angle, watching for a proper bite
that nearly pulls the rod in, but this doesn’t always happen. You may see a drop back bite where the tip suddenly straightens out. The fish has picked up the
bait and bolted towards you. This is not impossible, but is unusual. Fish normally swim away from the bank, producing a proper indication at the rod. You may see the tip
straighten for a second and then pull round,
but it could also mean the feed has been nudged by a fish, causing slack in the line. If I see the tip straighten,
I will wait a second or two to see if the tip pulls round. If not, I’ll reel in and reload
the feeder just to be sure. This bite starts off as a drop back, then develops, but not as a full blooded pull the rod in bite. A small tench just goes to
show it’s not always carp. You can see the method feeder is a simple to understand way of
fishing, especially for carp. So is there a trick or
a tip I can give you? To be honest, with the
method being what it is, I’m not sure there’s much to
be done with the rig itself. I think the best way
to influence your catch is with the feed and the hook bait. Mixing different groundbaits,
adding pellets to groundbait, different flavor of pellets are all ways to attract the fish. I always carry a number
of different hook baits. The color can often have a big effect. I don’t know why, but sometimes I’ll catch two or three fish and then nothing. I change the color or
the type of hook bait and then catch another two
or three fish and so on. So if you see line bites
and don’t hook any fish, change the hook bait. Sometimes it makes all the difference. Adding a flavor to the
pellets or groundbait might give you an edge. Try corn steep liquor, CSL, or scopex. Try using a critically
balanced bait or a pop-up, especially in a silty swim. You can see the possibilities are endless, but in some waters, attracting a fish for something different is a must. In the summer, when the
fish have an appetite, they are actively looking for food. I prefer to only use pellets as the feed. If I want to use large pellets to try to keep the fish in the
swim, I make a 50/50 mix with method mix groundbait. Prepare the groundbait and
the pellets separately, then mix them together. Whereas, in the winter,
I will fish with only fine method mix ground bait on the feeder. Ground bait will attract
the fish, but not feed them, so all there is to eat is the hook bait and I won’t overfeed the swim. By all means, try different
method mixes and try mixing them together. Swim Stim and halibut method
mix seem quite popular, perhaps with micro pellets added. Try pop-ups and wafters on
the hook, try hard pellets, soft pallets, dead maggots, sweet corn. The list is endless. If you’re new to fishing or
new to the method feeder, it’s more important to learn
the techniques involved than experiment with bait. Just get yourself a bag of method mix. I quite like Swim Stim method mix myself and a bag of 2 mm
carp or course pellets and some 8 mm pellets for the hook, but for a simple, effective, tangle-free way of fishing, you can’t
beat a method feeder. Thanks for watching. (rain patters)

94 comments on “Method feeder fishing for Carp

  1. I am new to fishing so these short films are the best for me to learn almost everything step by step. thank you and please keep uloading more tutorial videos πŸ™‚

  2. Very good and informative videos. A bit of advice. Keep the rod low and to the side when playing; until the fish is nearer in. It enables you to get the fish nearer quicker as they don't fight as much and will also lessen the risk of hook pulls due to the feeder bouncing around. Do whatever makes you comfortable though. Thanks for the vids.

  3. great educational video to be fair, I would recommend using a side winder for them hard to cast swins, allows you to stay sat forward without the rod being angled, and the quiver will be in between roughly 2nd to 3rd eye attached to a 7ft carp stalker rod.. all in all really good fun way to fish… thanks again πŸ–’

  4. Fantastic video! Very pleasant voice. Thank God for none of that bloody noise ( some call music) to distract from the movie. An absolute winner.

  5. probably the most informative and easily understood video I have watched on the method feeder. Thank you for making this.

  6. Watched countless hours of video on the method feeder but this tops the lot for pure clear information, I am looking forward to using your methods for the first time this year, thanks for posting a great video.

  7. thankyou for sharing this information, we are going to try method feeding tomorrow and appreciate your clear advice πŸ™‚

  8. this video is the most clear and informative fishing video I have ever seen! I'm new to coarse fishing and have been playing around with the method feeder but have been experiencing a few minor problems this has helped me very much thank-you

  9. fantastic video, very informative, as a beginner to method feeder fishing i've found it invaluable, thanks for sharing..

  10. There is no way you are a novice at fishing that was brilliant.
    So much information clear and to the point and very well edited. I take my hat off to you. In comparison my videos are a bumbling mess πŸ˜€

  11. On Friday I bought my first two method feeders. I mixed the ground bate up on the night using cider and peri peri sauce and soaked a small bait tin of blood worm pellets with the cider. This is start of my second season in 38 years and not carp fished before about six weeks ago. Yesterday I caught 8 carp of the 11 on the lake, from 7lb to 14lb 6 ounces, using spam as my hook bait on a hair rig. I didn't put the hook bait in the mould and let it hang. The cider was Natch, I can't comment on other ciders but with the peri peri sauce as well, fish I can confirm fish are pissheads.

  12. Fantastic video!The best way for beginners,without any promotions and extras,good job!Many thanks and good luck,πŸ‘.

  13. excellent video, really made everything clear, not tried the method yet but seeing this has made my mind up to give it a go, thanks.

  14. This is by far the best method feeder demo/tutorial I've seen. Great insight for newbies like me! Really want to try this method for carp here in the US!

  15. Going method feeder fishing weekend as my eyes are straining watching the float in the last year. I have done lots of method feeder fishing in the past but learnt few good tips from you, and even giving close in a go with my small bait runner which Marrys my 11ft avons as never thought about fishing close in feeder. Thanks for great vid watch all ur vids and would like to say you are the best on YouTube. Tight lines and all the best

  16. Having fished using this method for this first time last week I am intrigued! Thanks for this great video, really informative and answered many of my questions!

  17. I just watched your video and found it very informative. After hearing you saying about clipping up against an island but not in open water I thought I should relay something I'd heard (but not tried). If I understand correctly, others use pole elastic tied to their line by a dropper knot (I'm not sure of the other names for it) and then clip the elastic in the clip. This means the elastic slides along the monofilament should a fish run away into open water. I'll have to try it and I hope this helps others if it does work.

  18. What a great little video, thanks ever so much, very help full as I am trying to get back into fishing.

  19. Your videos are great! You mentioned that the method feeder is not the best for catching big carp. What technique do you use to catch big carp?

  20. Awesome video I've recently started feeder fishing and this video helped me learn a few skills I didn't know and to be honest with you I'm not that good at making my ground bait but I'm definitely going to try you're method I respect you're skills at fishing you're really talented at fishing very good video and details about how you fish and you actually show how to make ground bait how you're rig is set what equipment you're using very good video I've subscribed and rang that bell πŸ””πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  21. I have been fishing from a young age of 7 i am now 62 and love my fishing. the video was very helpful to me has i have not tryed this method feeding before i had a great day's fishing thanks for passing on your tips to a old fossil like me.

  22. I am just amazed at the wealth of knowledge that you posses and the way you explained it, throughout the length of this video. Simply superb and I'm sure this will benefit me in trying out this method of fishing. A Big Thank you !!

  23. Another excellently produced tutorial. It makes me proud to be English when I watch your films, no horrendous music big headed twats or continuous product plugging. Great stuff.

  24. Thank you, what a great video. This has definitely supplemented my knowledge regarding this method. This season I have fully embraced method feeding, next to catching carp I find making different ground and pack baits to be part of the thrill. Especially when you concoct something that really gets them going.

  25. Appreciate tips and advice. Just got back into fishing after few years of being too busy. Great clear informative can't wait to try it out

  26. The Method is probably my favourite way of fishing and has been for a number of years. This is a great tutorial for any newbies to fishing or wanting to try the method. Very well explained. Even some great tips for us long time anglers. I especially like the one were you put the mould into a bag i shall try that. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Wow, very thorough, down to earth fisherman. Subscribed and following. I use open feeder but I think I’ll try this method. One question, do you have to use a hair rig, or normal bait on hook is ok?

  28. Great video for new anglers as well as experienced anglers. very informative and clear to understand. Keep up the good work!

  29. hi I use a bit of rig tubing just before the feeder as I find main line catches using method have you tried using Preston quick change beads to help you a little

  30. Excellent video really useful and informative for every aspect of method feeding including different bait types

  31. Just watched this video again, i would say has to be the best video explaining on how to fish the method of all the others i've seen. Would be good to see you posting some vids of you just fishing as well as the informative stuff.

  32. Hi Richard I love watching all ur vids I’ve noticed you haven’t made a vid carp fishing with two rods and bite alarms. Is this not ur cup of tea fishing that style for carp

  33. Great video on the method feeder. Thank you for passing on your knowledge. I have been a few times this summer with a method feeder and no luck … will try a few of your pointers and hopefully catch my first carp

  34. Great introduction for method feeding and a clearly well made video without stupid annoyingly loud music in the back ground.It's always pleasing to see another angler kind enough to share their knowledge with others,thank you.

  35. Would you advise us on the types of groundbaits and pellets to catch carp for each season? Meaning: protein, fishmeal, birdfood, more or less oil… This sort. When do we use them best?

  36. The best explanation of method feeder fishing , for any newcomer to this method, that I have seen, explained in a clear and leasured way, without the usual annoying musik..

  37. Brilliant video, thank you so much. I love my method feeding and it's always my first choice but this gave me even more brilliant pointers. Thank you again!

  38. Thank you very much! From this video I got more practical tricks/issues than for a week of watching any other channels. Thank you also for subtitles – they are better to understand for people whose native language is not English (like me πŸ™‚ ).

  39. Excellent video! Very clear guide on how to use the method feeder! I just use waggler float method as I'm fairly new to fishing, but now I am confident enough to give the method feeder a go! Thanks πŸ‘

  40. How you said about you don’t like little fiddley feeders those little feeders can have good results I’ve had some good results on small cage feeders and small method feeders in matches but great video anyway mate tightlines

  41. Nicely done video. I learned quite a bit. But here in the USA, you have to check requlations to make sure chumming isn't prohibited.

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