Catching with a specialized fishing rod, and even with a feeder, is always interesting and productive. In the name "feeder" (from the English. Feed - to feed) the basic idea of this method of fishing is laid. But the success of the entire enterprise directly depends on how you do it.
Most fishers - fans of the feeder - use the bait that is at hand, and by and large there is no mistake. However, there are specialized baits designed specifically for the feeder, which, in turn, are divided into “subspecies” depending on the fishing conditions and species composition of the fish. But I would like to dwell on methods of feeding using the classic feeder feeder (if you are interested in feeder equipment, read here) .
It was not by chance that I attributed the feeder to sports fishing. As you know, fishing competitions are held using snap-in feeders, i.e., more simply, a feeder.
Such competitions are especially popular in England, and its inhabitants are rightfully considered recognized masters of this fishing (however, not only this one!). Often, the feeding tactics used by these anglers when fishing with a feeder is significantly different from the practice that many of our fans of this type of fishing practice.
Feeder catching in Russia
Most domestic lovers of the feeder are guided by simple principles: “throw the further, the better”, “put the bait in the feeder the more, the better”, and finally, “the bait for the feeder should stay in the feeder the longer the better.”
This approach does not allow full use of the full potential of the feeder. As for the choice of fishing location, it is very important to measure the bottom before fishing, i.e. to search for bottom relief differences, those areas where the capture of fish will be a regularity, not an accident. This rule, of course, applies not only to the feeder, but also to other fishing methods.
Only after you have decided on the distance can you start cooking bait for the feeder.
Yes, when fishing with a heavy feeder in a relatively strong course, it probably makes sense to use viscous bait and stuff it more densely, but our English colleagues often use the exact opposite approach to feeding.
Well, firstly, they carefully measure the bottom with a marker float and leave it at an interesting point. Then they attach a snap with a feeder and make a mark on the fishing line. Also note the distance when fishing with a match fishing rod with long cast. Now you can be sure that they will not miss the distance. Then they fill the feeder, cast a little further and wind the line up to the marker, and then with a sharp movement release the feeder from bait. By the way, with these manipulations it is better to remove the leash with a hook.
And there are at least a dozen such “idle” castings, and only after that put a leash with a hook and start fishing, continuing to methodically fill the feeder with the next portion of the bait for the feeder with each new casting. At the same time, a peculiar loop of bait is formed at the bottom. You can also notice the distance by fixing the fishing line in the clip on the spool after casting. This technique is more suitable for anglers with good equipment, because after overdoing it, it’s not long to cut off the main fishing line. At the moment when the descent of the fishing line has stopped, you need to instantly feed the rod forward, otherwise the contents of the feeder may spill out of it even in the air.