Rig it Right - Pellet Waggler

If there was ever a method that instantly ripped high density carp commercials apart then it has to be the ‘Pellet Waggler’ however, are you like me and seen a distinctive trend where it just doesn’t seem as consistent or easy as it once was? 

I’m of the thinking that on many a venue carp have simply wised up, they still enjoy mopping up the freebies that are catapulted out but instead of homing in on the splash of a waggler hitting the surface, simply associate this with being caught and cautiously keep their distance. 

This is where floats that still cast well but create far less disturbance and are far less visible in the water come into play and tend to catch the fish off guard. If you too have seen the carp in your venue back of this once devastating method then it’s time to become slightly stealthier as this will see an upturn once again in the amount of carp gracing your net.

The reason for the number of float stops is to stop any movement when casting or striking but allow the depth to be altered and the reason for two pellet bands is simply down to if one breaks you can continue fishing without having to tie on a new hook length all the time.  

Jamie Burt

  1. Thread two float stops onto the mainline; Black Magic 0.19mm (6.60lb) is a great. 

2. Thread a Snap-Link Swivel onto the mainline. 

3. Next on the mainline is a further three tight float stops. 

4. Position these an inch from the first stops. 

5. Create a loop in the mainline by tying a figure of eight overhand knot.

6. Remove around twenty inches of 0.16mm Cenex Power Mono for the hook length. 

7. Thread two Pellet Bands onto the mainline. 

8. Tie these on carefully with a six-turn blood knot before threading on a size 14 Sphere Beast hook. 

9. Attach the hook with a knotless knot, adjusting the hair to suit.

10. By pacing the end of the hook length through the back of the eye creates an aggressive angle.

11. Tie a loop in the hook length and attach to the loop of the mainline.

12. The finished rig should look like this.

The components you will need.


Experts Guide to Feeder Choice

Feeder fishing has seen a huge increase in popularity over the last few years across Europe and in the UK. This trend I expect has come with the advent of international events such as the Feeder World Championships and national events like Feedermasters and Feeder King to name but a few.

This popularity increase has seen anglers looking to trusted Brands such as Browning to innovate in tackle, rigs and baits to help give them the edge on the bank and it’s more than fair to say that Browning have been on the forefront of tackle innovation for this area of our sport.

The vast range of feeder rods in the Browning rage offer something to complement everyone’s style and budget, from the high end competition Sphere range built on the slimmest, lightest and high-modulus carbon blanks available, the Black Viper range of rods for distance casting giving the angler both strength and sensitivity, the Argon & Black Magic ranges bringing quality, performance and versatility at a very affordable price point and finally the Commercial King range of rods to target the many carp focused venues.

However, the items of tackle I want to talk through are some of the feeders from the extensive Browning range.

Long gone are the days when you would simply clip on a feeder from your box, normally the first to hand and fish with it for the duration of your session with minimal thought or understanding of its application or design. Advances in feeder fishing tactics, methods and results have shown us the importance of thinking about getting the most from our fishing with considerations such as;

  • Size of feeder – to regulate the amount of feed going into your peg each cast.
  • Type of feeder – to match what you are trying to achieve, by example a cage feeder to release a column of bait or a window feeder to concentrate bait on the deck.
  • Weight of feeder – ability to cast and hit the same spot all day in changing conditions, or to regulate how long it takes your feeder to settle or to hold in a current on flowing venues.

Careful thought needs to be applied in reading your venue, your intended quarry, the time of year and most importantly the feeding response of the fish, all of which will help you to understand what feeder to use and when to change your feeder during a session. A couple of examples of this would be, do I start with a big feeder to put down a volume of feed and then change to a smaller feeder when the fish arrive to help them target your hook bait rather than have them occupied by large volumes of bait going in each cast? Or do I start with a small feeder with regular casts to feel my way into a session?

Similarly it’s important to read the weather conditions like, you have the fish feeding at a range then during the session find you are suddenly struggling to hit this due to a change in wind strength or direction, you then need to step up feeder weight or design (from a standard to a Pro Cast shape) to enable you to achieve the original distance where you have the fish feeding.

Think carefully about the size of feeder. This is an easy way to control the amount of bait you are using.

The weight of the feeder will influence the distance that you can accurately cast, but needs to be balanced with the right rod.

Xenos feeders come in a huge range of different weights, from short range fishing on still waters, to heavy models designed for fishing fast flowing rivers.

"Choosing the right feeder can make or break your session."

Window feeders allow you to precisely control the speed of bait release.

Big Pit Mini Feeders, great for feeling your way into a match.

Pellet Feeders, great for a quick bite and when you are regularly casting.

All of these things are to be considered when feeder fishing, however the good news is that there is a feeder in the Browning range to help with each and every situation you will face as a feeder angler and below are some of the most common feeders I use in my fishing situations.

Browning Xenos Wire Specialist Feeder (20, 30, 40, 50, 60 & 80grm in the rage)  This range of feeders are your typical wire 5 hole cage feeder ideal for use on medium depth venues where you want to create a column of feed through the water to attract fish into your swim from far and wide.

Browning Xenos Landi Wire Feeder (5, 8, 10, 15 & 20grm) – Again a cage style feeder 4 hole feeder with a slimmer profile as the Specialist feeder carrying less bait each cast but again for medium depth venues.

Browning Xenos Wire Pro Cast (30, 40, 50, 60 & 70grm) – A 5 hole cage feeder with a bullet weight at the bottom of the feeder, again for the same application as the Specialist and Landi but this feeder will help greatly with casting in a cross or head wind where accuracy is vital

Browning Big Pit Mini Feeder (15, 20, 25, 30, 40grm) – This small profile plastic 3 hole feeder is perfect for shallow venues and indeed in cooler weather where the fish only want a small amount of feed as an attractor rather than to feed them. These feeders are also ideal on venues with silty bottoms where the more robust Xenos wire feeders may dig in.

Browning Window and Streamline Window Feeders (15, 20, 35, 50 & 70grm) – These feeders are unique in design and for medium to deep venues where you want to concentrate fish on the bottom. The plastic feeder has a unique window that allows you to fill it with particles and cap it off with a smear of groundbait. With the feeder weighted at the base it casts like an arrow in all conditions and can be fished with unparalleled accuracy.

Browning Pellet Feeder (15, 20, 30 & 50grm) – This inline feeder allows you to use in conjunction with short 4-6” hooklengths with micro pellets, the idea is to enable you to push your hook bait into the feeder, cap it off with micro pellets which will on emptying on the lake bed push your hook bait out into the attractive pile of pellet feed.

Browning Hydrus Metal Method Feeder (30, 40 & 60grm) – In line method feeder built in a solid metal material which adds strength and durability when repeatedly casting tight to islands or features. Again to be fished with 4-6” hooklengths with groundbait or pellets moulded around the feeder frame.

Tim Bruce


New Video - Method Feeder Tips & Tricks

Join Browning’s Jim Hall as he enjoys a brilliant days Method feeder fishing at Westlands Farm Fishery in South Yorkshire.

Jim runs through loads of tips and tactics that will help you catch more fish this year on this very effective method, whether you are in search of carp, F1’s or bream.

Watch the video below.


Rig it Right - Soft Pellet Method Rig

Pellets really come into their own during spring when the water temperature starts to rise and the carp go on a feeding spree to build up reserves for the spawning ritual.

Shallow, high stocked commercials are the first to spring into action and there’s no better way to get your angling fix and practice for the coming match calendar than these.

Colin Sheppard is a regular to such fisheries and here he reveals the method that has seen him frame so many times.

  1. Pass the mainline, in this case 0.21mm (8lb) Black Magic Gold, through a 20g Hydrus Method Feeder.

2. Tie on using a Uni Knot a 12mm Feeder Connector Swivel to the end of the mainline.

3. Remove a length of 0.18mm Hybrid Power Mono from its spool to create the hook length.

4. Attach using an overhand knot a small Push Stop to one end.

5. Passing the other end of the hooklink through the back of a size 14 Beast barbless eyed hook, pull down, adjust the length of hair needed and secure by tying a seven turn knotless knot. 

6. Adjust the hook length to three inches create a loop by tying a figure of eight overhand knot.

"A great Method Feeder rig for soft hook baits."

7. Place this loop over the Feeder Connector Swivel.

8. Pull down securing sleeve on the swivel and secure.

9. Mount soft hooker pellet by passing the Push Stop and Needle slowly through.

10. Remove needle and secure Push Stop.

11. The finished rig should look like this.

The components you will need.


Rig it Right - Anti-tangle Feeder Link

When every second counts it is important to use a feeder rig that avoids as many tangles as possible. My choice is this simple setup that was shown to me by Will Freeman. It incorporates a short feeder link that holds the feeder away from the hooklength on the cast and the retrieve. 

Everything is designed to be as tangle-proof as possible. Even the Stotz used to protect the knot to the Connector Swivel are more streamlined than normal beads. You can use this rig with most feeders, but I find it especially useful when using Window Feeders, Big Pit Specialist Feeders, and Xenos Match Feeders

 

Kye Jerrom (Browning Hot Rods)

 

COMPONENTS

50lb fluorocarbon

Two crimps to fit 50lb fluorocarbon (1mm diameter)

Large bore 6mm black bead

Feeder Connector Swivel

Quick Change Swivel

Size 6 Stotz

  1. Thread a 6mm large-bore bead onto a 15cm length of 50lb Fluorocarbon.

2. Fold the nylon around the bead and fix it in place with a crimp.

3. Attach a Quick Change Swivel to the other end of the nylon. The finished link should be around 9cm in length.

4. Thread the feeder link onto your main line and then tie on a Feeder Connector Swivel.

5. Attach two small Stotz just above the Feeder Connector Swivel.

6. The finished rig should look like this. Attach your feeder of choice to the quick change link.


From old to new!

Nothing lasts forever! A saying that applies to many areas in life, and which also has a certain value in fishing. Some products are often exposed to particularly heavy wear, which in turn accelerates the ageing process. Elastics and lines definitely fall into this category as they suufer from UV radiation, heat, and mechanical stress.

 

What happens to the waste products? Do they go straight to the bin or can I still use them in some way? Recycling old materials is actually nothing new. However, in the wake of the wave of sustainability, it has gained more importance these days. The magic word is: upcycling. Here used objects and waste materials are transformed into new products and reused. I would like to present one way of upcycling your old gear to you here.

 

A common problem that pole anglers are exposed to can be effectively remedied with old lines and pole elastics. If I want to hang the hook into the end of the kit, but the assembly length is shorter than the length of the kit used, a problem arises, especially when using thicker hollow elastics. Because the tension from the elastic would be too great.

 

This can be remedied by self-made double rings, whereby one ring is knotted from an old elastic and the other from an old piece of line, which enables the hook to be attached further up the top kit. The way it works is relatively simple. The elastic ring is pushed onto the kit to the desired position, then the hook is attached to the ring of line.

 

And another plus: These “rig hook-ups” can remain permanently mounted on the kit. They do not interfere with fishing or transport. They are simply moved to the appropriate positions from session to session. When using one-piece top kits, this tool can even be used to keep the assembly attached to the kit, which in turn saves an enormous amount of time during assembly.

 

All of my kits now have these self-made rig hook-ups. They are a great advantage and very simple to make. Here are the assembly instructions:

 

1. Tie a loop about two centimeters in diameter from a piece of old line. The easiest way to do this is with a Browning Loop Tier.

2. Melt the protruding ends of the knot with a lighter.

3. Thread the old elastic through the line ring.

4. Now tie a loop with the elastic, pull it tight and cut the ends short.

 

Now you old gear can find a new use. I wish you a lot of fun and success in building it!

 

Tight lines!

Christian Dörr, Browning Deutschland

The old items that you will need. pole elastic and some heavy line.

Ideally, these are the tools you need.

Step 1 – form a loop in a length of old line.

Step 2 – Melt the ends of the line with a lighter.

Step 3. Thread the pole elastic through the loop.

Step 4 – Tie a loop in the elastic small enough to fit tightly on your top kit.

"The magic word is: upcycling."


Catch Carp on the Groundbait Method Feeder

Originally Published in English.

 

The match circuit for me, especially in spring is all about fishing small commercials full of hungry carp. Target anything else and, well unless you fall on a shoal of hungry bream, will see you fall short come the end of the match. Although the pole scores highly, especially on venues such as snake lakes, if the fish can move further out then the best option is the method feeder and if you get it right then a huge weight can be compiled in a relatively short period of time. 

Create those edges

I love fishing the method, yet creating an edge that will put more fish in your net compared with those around really comes down to fine margins. These margins can only be found and fined tuned by simply practicing on each venue as opposed to just turning up and casting out. These margins maybe as small as a hooklink getting caught on occasions in the veins of a more conventional flat-bed feeder or knowing that bites will come quicker by using a soft hooker pellet as opposed to a hard one, but they all make a difference and can, come the end of the day make a massive difference. 

Quick release on touch-down

One product that has given me a massive edge when fishing shallow lakes for carp are the Hydrus Method Feeders. These feeders have a number of advantages over standard feeders, one being is that they can be loaded easily without the use of a mould and the supporting sides hold the bait firmly in place even when having to fish at distance. These sides replace the veins allowing a quick release of feed soon after touch-down and they tend to sink in a way that see’s them laying on top of silt as opposed to sinking within. The wide gap at the rear, where the hookbait is placed is perfect and almost directs a fish in to it. One slurp and the rest is history. 

The Sphere Bomb +10% is perfect for this type of Method Feeder fishing.

Champion’s Method Formula Fish is perfect for loading onto the Hydrus feeder.

The raised sides of the Hydrus Method Feeder ensure that bait gets to the bottom and doesn’t spread out too much.

"My favourite groundbait is the Champion's Method Formula Fish."

Use strong, quality materials for your rigs, as although they are only simple, they will have to cope with a lot of strain.

Cenex Hybrid Power is a brilliant line for all types of carp fishing, thanks to its brilliant knot strength and abrasion resistance.

My simple Method Feeder set-up works a treat!

Paying attention

Although these feeders create an edge you still have to pay attention to groundbait mixing as get this wrong, and well you’re already on the back foot from the off. My favourite mix is Champion’s Method Formula Fish, a sweet, fishy fine mix that couldn’t be easier to mix up. Simply pass the dry mix through a fine riddle into a bucket, add the stated amount of lake water, 700ml, and mix well for a at least a minute before leaving to stand for ten minutes. After ten minutes all it takes is to once again pass the mix through a fine riddle and its ready to go, the perfect method mix that will catch you loads of fish.

Tools of the trade

When fishing the method, you will be hard pressed to find a better rod for the job than the 10’ Sphere Bomb +10% which I team up with a Sphere MgTi 930 reel loaded with 0.21mm Black Magic Gold mainline. The rig is really straight forward with the inline feeder in most cases free-running on the mainline to keep in with fishery rules. A 12mm Feeder Connector Swivel is then connected to the end of the mainline, again a very small component but one that allows hook lengths to be changed in the blink of an eye. The hook length is made from 0.18mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono which is very abrasion resistance and one that will withstand the beating it will get when constantly catching hard fighting carp. The hook length is around four-inches long, has a loop to connect it to the Connector Swivel and on the business end is a size 14 Sphere Beast barbless hook tied on knotless knot style with a short hair that contains a Push Stop for quick and easy bait mounting. 

When I arrive at the venue, first job is to mix the groundbait, set up, then start fishing with the intension of casting maybe every minute from the off. This is to get some bait in the swim but remember to clip the mainline in the reels line clip so the bait falls in the same position every time. If all goes to plan the fish should arrive quite quickly and once the tip flies round it should be plain sailing from then on.

Go on, give it a go!

Make sure you add some of the fantastic Hydrus Feeders to your list, remember to mix your groundbait up correctly and head of down to your local lake as at this time of year the action can be fantastic.

Colin Sheppard

The Hydrus feeder is perfect for loading on soft pellets and groundbait, as it cradles the feed, without interfering with the hookbait.

Use the line clip on your reel to ensure you hit the same spot every time.

The result of a couple of hours fishing with the Hydrus method Feeder.

Colin’s Tackle

Sphere Bomb +10% Rod

Sphere Mg Ti 930 Reel

Black Magic 0.21mm Mainline

Cenex 0.18mm Hybrid Power Mono

Beast Size 14 Eyed Barbless Hook 

20g Hydrus Method Feeder

12mm Feeder Connector Swivel

Small Push Stop

Colin’s Bait

8mm Soft Hooker Pellets

Champion’s Method Formula Fish Groundbait

Micro Pellets


Rig it Right : Spring Carp Pole Rig

Rig it Right : Spring Carp Pole Rig

This is a versatile rig for spring fishing when I am mostly expecting to catch small carp, with maggot or corn on the hook. Because the water temperatures are still quite low we can fish a little finer than during the summer, which can make a difference to your catches. 

 

COMPONENTS

Cenex Hybrid Power Mono 0.14mm & 0.16mm

0.4 carbon stemmed Rugby ball shaped float

Size 14 or 16 Sphere CPF LS Barbless Hook 

Stotz or shot

 

Tight lines! 

Hermann Tallonneau

The components you will need to make this rig.

Thread your pole float onto a length of 0.16mm Cenex Hybrid Power line.

Use three lengths of float silicon tube to secure the stem of the float. Make sure the lowest piece extends past the end of the stem to help avoid tangles.

Shot the float with a string of small shot or Stotz spaced 10mm apart.

Use a size 14 or 16 Sphere CPF LS hook with the shot positioned about 20cm above the hook.

Store the finished rigs with a long line, so that they can be cut back to length depending upon the depth of the swim.


Mix it Right : Sloppy Cloud Groundbait

Originally Published in English.

When fishing for roach and silvers on the whip a sloppy groundbait that forms a cloud that hangs in the water can really get the fish going, making it the ideal feed when expecting bites on the drop. This is a useful tactic on many stillwaters, canals and also the drains and slow-flowing rivers found in East Anglia and elsewhere. 

By mixing the groundbait very sloppy – almost the consistency of porridge, it can be thrown by hand to around ten metres, but crucially, breaks down immediately, forming a cloud as it sinks right through the water column. 

Here is the mix that I use for this style of fishing. Add a few pinkies or dead maggots to give the fish a small amount of feed. 

 

Kye Jerrom (Browning Hot Rods)

Components

Champion’s Feeder Quick Skimmer

Champion’s Feeder Black Roach

Champion’s Choice Canal

  1. Combine one bag each of Champion’s Feeder Quick Skimmer and Black Roach.

2. The Black Roach helps to darken the mix, which is important in really clear, shallow water, as the dark mix encourages the fish to settle.

3. Make sure the three ingredients are mixed throughly, I tend to mix this groundbait by hand, rather than use a whisk.

4. Start adding the water, keep mixing the groundbait all the time to help stop lumps from forming. 

5. Initially, aim for a porridge-like consistency that holds together in the hand. Leave the mix for a few minutes and add more water as it soaks in the liquid to retain the correct consistency.

6. Add a handful of dead maggots or pinkies to the mix, you don’t need a lot of feed, it is just designed to give the fish some reward and keep them interested. 

7. The finished mix should look like this. You can throw it to about ten metres, but it breaks up as it sinks forming a brilliant cloud that is perfect for roach, rudd and skimmers.

"it crucially breaks down immediately forming a cloud"


Three lines to catch silver fish

Watmore Farm is a venue full of silvers and one that I have fared very well in during the friendly matches held here. It’s not the easiest venue as in places it’s over 20ft deep, so finding the depth the fish want to feed can be difficult. It’s also full of carp that need to be avoided in the silver matches at all cost, so feeding is very important. It’s also a bit of a temperamental venue with the silvers preferring different baits on different days, something I’m sure is dictated simply by the size of fish and the species you find in front of you, so its paramount to keep your options open. Unfortunately today I’m not blessed with good catching conditions as we are going through a mini heat wave and temperatures are predicted to reach thirty degrees plus by lunchtime! 

Experiment with different lines

Finding exactly what bait and how the fish want to feed means experimenting with different lines from the start so my standard approach here is to fish three lines, one at ten metres down on the deck, and two using top three sections to hand, one to the left, one to the right and both targeting the fish up in the water. 

Three sections to hand

My tackle today consists of my Sphere Zero-G F1+ pole teamed up with 1.90mm Stretch 7 Hollow Elastic for all three lines. All three rigs are very similar being made up using Cenex 0.12mm Hybrid Power Mono to Cenex 0.13mm Fluoro Carbon hook lengths and either a size 16 or 14 Sphere CPF LS barbless hook depending on bait. At ten metres I’m using a 4×16 float shotted by a bulk and two small dropper shot. It’s going to be fished a couple of inches over depth using worm with skimmer’s in mind. To the left and fishing three sections to hand is going to be a line fished with sweetcorn aimed at bigger roach and to the right will be a maggot attack aimed at catching lots of small fish. Both these rigs are set up with .3g floats, with the difference being that the maggot rig has a size 16 hook attached and the corn a 14. These may seem slightly on the big size but these hooks are slightly under sized for their rating and really equate to a size 18 and 16. The shooting is also different with the maggot rig fished shirt-button style and the corn seeing a bulk and two small droppers as I want to get the bait through the tiny fish and hopefully nail a few larger samples deeper down. Fishing three sections to hand may also seem somewhat strange and I hear you ask, why not use a whip? The reason being if I hook a carp, which I will, I have a good chance of landing it on the top three, as opposed to being instantly smashed up on the whip.

My choice of elastic, Stretch 7 Hollow. 

Cenex lines team up perfectly.   

In goes the initial groundbait.

"I would be looking to catch 100 fish on the maggot line."

Champion’s Method Groundbait, made for every occasion.

Bait for today.

Swirling on the surface

At the start of every session I introduce three big balls of groundbait using a large pole cup, laced with chopped worm to the ten metre line. This is made up of a 50/50 mix of Champion’s Feeder Black Roach & Quick Skimmer and will be left for at least an hour before dropping in on. This is to allow the skimmers to move in and get confident feeding. On the corn line all I do is continuously introduce a few grains of corn on a little and often basis whilst starting on the right using maggot. A little tip is to leave the corn hookbaits out in the sun for a while as this dries them out and it stays on the hook far longer, withstanding the attention of small fish and saving time not having to re-bait after every bite. Again on this line I continuously introduce a few maggots by hand every few seconds, my aim being to get fish feeding confidently and swirling on the surface. I also like to hook my maggots in different ways as it can make a massive difference when fishing up in the water. Something else, when fishing up in the water, is to constantly alter the depth as the fish will prefer the bait at a certain depth in the swim. It’s just a case of finding out what bait and where they feel comfortable feeding.  

One hundred fish in an hour

In overcast conditions I would be looking at catching a hundred fish on the maggot line in the first hour and then from then on keep trying the corn line to see if there are any bigger fish to be had. If there are then I will concentrate here all the time they are feeding but still feed the maggot line. If both lines don’t produce, or just aren’t responding well enough then it’s time to try the ten metre line for skimmers or a bonus perch, both of which are great weight makers. 

As expected today it’s been tough. The maggot line has produced plenty of fish but far fewer than I would have hoped and many of these are tiny perch. The fish haven’t responded to the corn line which isn’t unexpected in these bright conditions and the worm line has been slow, yet it has produced a better stamp of fish with the odd skimmers, better roach and a bonus perch. In good conditions 8lb of silvers an hour would be an acceptable weight; however 8lb is about all I’ve been able to manage today in my three-hour session.

 

Colin Sheppard

The Sphere range of hooks, check them out.

Lots of small fish on the maggot.

A tray of winders all made up for Watmore Farm. 

Colin’s Tackle

Sphere Zero-G F1+

1.90mm Stretch 7 Hollow Elastic (rating 6+)

Cenex 0.13mm Fluoro Carbon (all lines)

Cenex 0.12mm Hybrid Power Mono (all lines)

4×16 Float (10 metres), .3g Float (top 3 to hand)

Sphere CPF LS size 16 &14 Barbless Hook (all lines)

 

Colin’s Bait

Maggot

Worm

Sweetcorm

Champion’s Feeder Black Roach & Quick Skimmer Groundbait

8lb of fish, what I would expect in an hour!