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!  


The Black Viper Compact Reels : Conquering the Danube

At a feeder competition in Ybbs on the beautiful blue Danube, I took the opportunity to put the Black Viper Compact through its paces. We shall see what this feeder reel can do and whether it is up to the task.

All Thursday I am looking forward to the upcoming fishing event. A school of shimmering fish swims in front of me in my dreams. Is it already the legendary Danube bream and barbel? No matter, our feeder team is full of anticipation and impatiently waiting for the joint meeting.

Thorough preparation is essential, especially on a venue that is new to us, and so we first contacted our friends from the Browning team in Austria. They inform us about the conditions, because this section of river is completely unknown to us.

We promptly receive information that the river at Ybbs is sometimes several hundred meters wide and has a very strong flow. Small fish are to be expected up to a distance of 20 meters from the shore, with bream in the middle area, and barbel can be expected from around 80 meters.

Based on this information, it was important to be prepared for all distances. The short track of up to 20 meters can be fished with a light rod and feeders weighing up to 40 grams. The middle lane, on the other hand, is 60 to 70 meters in areas with very strong currents and is therefore anything but easy.

In order to be able to present swimfeeders, weights of around 120 grams are absolutely necessary. At an even greater distance, feeders carrying 140grams-plus of lead can be essential! 

We will be fishing for six hours. For much of this time I will probably have to fish with the heavier swimfeeders out in the main current. This is going to put a lot of stress on my gear, so it is essential to be using equipment that is well up to the job and that will not let me down. 

The choice of rod and reel has to be right for this type of fishing. I chose the Black Viper Compact 855 reel coupled with the Sphere 4.20m Feeder rod, 4.20 with a casting weight of 145 grams, so that I can cover the long distances effectively. The super light 430g weight of the Black Viper reel reduces fatigue as it balances perfectly with the Sphere feeder rods. The reel is loaded with 150m of 0.099mm Quantum Smoke Braid, combined with a 10m leader of 0.30mm Cenex Feeder mono as a leader.

The particularly large and flat spool of the Black Viper Compact 855 has two line-friendly clips with wide recesses. In order to be able to sound out the fishing spot precisely, I clip-up at six different distances to begin with. I divide the different distances between the two clips, minimising the risk of the line jumping coming out of the clip.

"Immediately, the tip of the rod is torn down "

The first day of competition begins, and I find myself on peg C63. Not ideal, as I am in the middle of the stretch and it is an area that generally contains less fish. After plumbing up at a range of distances I settle on fishing at 63 meters. The river bed consists of sand and gravel. Unfortunately, the conditions are pretty bad. Heavy rain in the previous few days has washed a lot of sediment into the Danube. The grey water leaves the fish with hardly any oxygen to breathe and – as we anglers say – nailed their mouths shut! My hopes of a bite fades by the minute.

My feed consists of one part each of Champion’s Feeder Big Bream and Champion’s Choice Big Fish. Hour after hour I stick to my task, recasting the feeder regularly, filling it with worms, casters, and dead maggots. Every time the feeder is brought in, it shows how cleanly the reel is working. The line-lay is millimetre perfect, and the retrieve of 88cm per turn of the handle makes winding in easy.

After two hours I haven’t had a sign of a fish so I decide to change lines. I decide to drop onto a shorter line at 21m in search of a few small fish, but even here, after another hour, nothing happens. All right, so there’s only one option left. I’ll play my distance card! I had found another clean area at 85 meters. This is a little better and in the remaining three hours I manage to catch two small bream. At least I have avoided the dreaded blank.

The second day begins, and I am a lot happier with my draw of A1. However, the water is still extremely cloudy, and there is a strong crosswind. After plumbing various distances intensively, I decide on a line at 54 meters. Significantly shorter than my neighbours, but the river bed here feels good and I have a gut-feeling that this is the area to fish. Hours go by and, apart from a few small roach, hardly any fish are caught anywhere. The barbel, which are often found here, just aren’t willing to feed with the extra rain water.

Finally! After what feels like an eternity, a big Danube bream over the five pound mark spots the hookbait. Immediately, the tip of the rod is torn down – I lift the rod … the fish is on! Slowly and extremely carefully, I bring the fish in across the strong current. The pressure on the line and reel increases. I love the way the Black Viper Compact 855 does its homework. Even under strong pressure from the fighting fish, it can be easily cranked. The finely adjustable front drag prevents the powerful big fish from making use of the extreme current.

At the end of the second day my catch of three small roach and one large bream is enough to win the section. Thanks to a solid team performance, our squad finished in a great sixth place out of around thirty teams.

It was a shame that the conditions spoilt the fishing, but I will hopefully be back in 2021 and won’t be changing a thing. The Black Viper and Sphere Feeder rods worked faultlessly – the perfect big river combination. 

Tight lines!

Pamela Franke, Browning Deutschland


Rig it Right : Canal Worm Rig

Canals play a massive part in match and pleasure fishing through the colder months and if you can locate an area which contains small fish then the chances are the predators won’t be far away.

If you’re fortunate to know such an area or lucky enough to draw one out of the hat in a match then you need to make the most of it and feeding at least one chopped worm and caster line is paramount.

Colin Sheppard knows of a few such swims on the Kennet and Avon Canal and here he describes his worm rig that catches him loads of big perch, bream and even tench and carp.  

  1. Connect a pole float, in this case it’s a 4×14, onto the main line first by passing it through the top eye.

2. Thread three small rubbers onto the line.

3. Pull these onto the stem of the float and position these, one at the top, middle and bottom.

4. Create a loop in the mainline using a figure of eight overhand knot.

5. Remove the hook length from its retaining spool, reduce to twelve inches and tie a further loop to this. 

Connect to the mainline by first passing the hook length loop through the mainline loop, then the hook through the hook length loop and carefully pulling down.

7. Shot the float with a bulk of small No8 shot, just above the hook length and positioned these slightly apart.    

8. At this stage, and a very important part of float fishing is to plumb up using a heavy plummet. 

9. Shot the float perfectly by adding two tiny No12 shot to the hook length and position these equally between bulk and hook.    

Components

Sphere Zero-G F1+ Pole

Stretch 7 1.90mm Blue Elastic

4×14 pole float

0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

0.13mm Cenex Fluoro Carbon Hook Line

Sphere Size 16 Match Hook


How to Feeder Fish a Deep River

Originally Published in English

Today I am fishing a peg on the Earth Centre stretch of the river Don on the outskirts of Doncaster.  This is a prolific stretch of river, where roach and skimmers make up the bulk of the catches, but hit the right peg on the right day and big weights of bream can also figure. 

The Don here is a relatively deep river, often around four metres in the centre, and slow flowing for most of the year. The pole works really well on this stretch, because of the depth, but you can also have a great days fishing on the feeder too, fished three-quarters of the way across the river. Expect plenty of bites, and a busy days fishing, something that I really like. 

To start with, I have mixed up a bag of Quick Skimmer and a bag of Black Roach. I want this to stay in the feeder quite well, so I have mixed it very slightly damper than I would if the water were shallower. To this mix, I have added a light scattering of pinkies. Just enough to keep the fish interested and looking for more is what you are looking for. 

My rigs are quite simple. I am using a 20gram Big Pit Standard feeder. If the flow was stronger I would step up the weight, but there is no need today. The feeder is attached to a 12cm twisted boom made from the 0.22mm Cenex Feeder Mono main line. 

Regular recasting will concentrate the fish in your target zone.

Simple feeder rigs are all you need for this style of fishing.

A lovely quality river Don roach.

The hooklength is around 60cm, made from 0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power line, finishing in a size 16 Sphere Feeder Ultra Lite hook. This is an incredibly sharp and light hook pattern, that is perfect for catching silverfish. The shape means that once a fish is hooked, very few are lost on the retrieve, which can make a significant difference in a match. 

With the line in the reel clip, I can hit the same distance every cast and keep a trickle of bait going in regularly to hopefully attract and encourage the fish to feed. Often it can take a while for the bites to come regularly. I think this is because the fish are spread around the relatively featureless river and so you have to keep introducing a little bit of bait to attract them. Today this has been the case, and although I have picked up fish from the start, they have mainly been small perch. After an hour the fishing starts to pick up and more roach put in an appearance. 

This style of fishing is all about getting into a rhythm and with the loaded feeder well balanced to my Sphere medium feeder rod, I can hit the same spot every time, even though there is a bit of a downstream wind gusting about. The soft tip shows the bites really well, and even though the fish are only averaging a couple of ounces each, I am putting plenty of fish in the net and building a decent weight. 

At the end of the session I am well pleased with my net of scale-perfect roach, the best around the half a pound mark. It has been a brilliant and really enjoyable morning session. 

Chris Greensides (Browning Team Ossett)

"The shoals of roach will be attracted by the groundbait"

I use a simple twisted boom link to attach the feeder.

Use a dark groundbait containing just a small amount of pinkies.

The result of a few hours feeder fishing on the river Don.

Chris’ Tackle

Sphere 12’ Medium Feeder Rod

Black Viper Compact Reel

0.22mm Cenex Feeder Mono

0.12mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

Size 16 Sphere Feeder Ultra lite Hooks

20gram Big Pit Std Feeder

Chris’ Bait

Bag of Champion’s Feeder Quick Skimmer

Bag of Champion’s Feeder Black Roach

Pint of pinkies

Pint of maggots

The Sphere Feeder Ultra Lite hooks are brilliant for this type of fishing.