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How to Fish the Method Feeder for Carp

How to Fish the Method Feeder for Carp

The Method-Feeder has dominated match fishing on many venues over the past few years. Today I am fishing the Match Lake at Blind Lane Fisheries in Essex where the huge population of carp really respond to this method.

Conditions are far from perfect so I’ve chosen my swim carefully, one that has plenty of cover on the island, an area I’m sure the carp will head too once the sun gets up. I’m also tackling this venue with a different bait, something you probably haven’t heard of or used before but one that’s bought me great success recently. All will be revealed later.

Tackle for the day consists of one of my favourite rods, the beautifully balance 10’ Sphere Bomb, however as I’m fishing clipped up right next to the snags and can’t give these fish an inch have opted for the slightly more powerful +10% version.  This has been complimented with the silky smooth Sphere MgTi 920, the smallest of four in this range, which is loaded with Cenex 0.16mm Feeder Mono. This mainline is a medium-stretch sinking line so bites are registered far quicker than standard monofilaments and the lack of stretch stops fish getting within the unforgiving snags on the far bank. On the business end I’m using a 30g Hydrus Metal Method Feeder which I set up so its semi fixed creating a bolt effect along with a four-inch hooklink made from Cenex 0.16mm Hybrid Power Mono which has a size 16 barbless Sphere Beast tied knotless-knot style with a hair containing a Silicone Pellet Band.  

Onto bait, one that’s very versatile, cheap and will catch you loads of fish wherever you take it. What is it, corn pellets? These can be bought in bulk from any animal feed outlet and all I do is place a small piece within the bait band. This bait is really light so a fish can really suck it in easily and it’s something they haven’t seen before and believe me it will catch you loads of fish. For the feeder mix what I do is create a 50/50 mix of finely ground corn pellets and Champion’s Choice Big Fish Groundbait. Together these create a light fluffy mix, great for the method feeder and oozing out a lovely irresistible sweet smelling flavour of corn, almond, vanilla and marzipan!

Sphere Bomb +10% Rod

The Sphere Bomb +10% Power rod is ideal for light Method feeder fishing on commercial fisheries.

Sphere reel line clip

Use the line clip on your reel to cast accurately every time. This is especially useful when fishing tight to far bank cover.

Cenex Feeder Mono

Always use a strong, abrasion resistant line when Method Feeder fishing. Cenex Feeder mono is ideal.

"Corn pellets are a versatile and cheap bait that carp love."

Cenex Hybrid Power Line

Cenex Hybrid Mono is perfect for hookengths, being clear in colour and with a very high strength for its diameter.

Sphere Beast Hooks

The Sphere Beast hooks are the best carp hooks I have ever used. Not only are they very strong for the wire thickness, but they are incredibly sharp too. Be sure to check them out.

Bait Bands

Bait Bands make changing the hard pellet hookbait very easy.

The session has gone to plan and as expected the bright conditions have seen many of the carp heading for the shade of the snags. Other anglers around fishing into open water are struggling, yet by continuously casting to the same spot I’ve tempted a nice net of carp and F1’s. The tackle I’ve used is balanced, yet robust and strong enough to stop everyone getting into the snags, so all in all a great mornings fishing showing that if you choose the right swim, use appropriate tackle and a bait they just can’t refuse, even on the toughest days, great sort can be had.

How to fish the method feeder for carp.

Alec Roberts 


Alec’s Tackle

Sphere 10’ Bomb Rod +10%

Sphere MgTi 920 Reel

Cenex 0.16mm Feeder Mono 

Hydrus 30g Metal Method Feeder

Cenex 016mm Hybrid Power Mono

Sphere size 16 barbless Beast Hook

Silicone Bait Band

Alec’s Bait

Corn Pellets

Champion’s Choice Big Fish Groundbait


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Use a Method Feeder 1

Place your hookbait in the indentation in the centre of the Method mould.

Use a Method Feeder 2

Fill the mould with groundbait, place the Method feeder over the top and push down firmly.

Use a Method Feeder 3

Flex the mould to release the feeder. The loaded feeder should look like this, with the hookbait sat right in the middle.

how to elasticate your pole

How to Elasticate your Pole Top Kits.

In this new video Jim Hall looks at how to elasticate your pole top kits.

Using the new Browning Xitan Extreme Margin Pole Jim looks at the simple elastication set-up he uses on his top kits.


Jim uses the fitted side puller bushes and duo PTFE bushes in each two-piece top kit. The same method can be used on both one and two-piece top kits.


By using the side-puller the tension on the elastic can be increased when playing big carp. This gives improved  control as the pressure on the fish can be altered to land powerful fish faster.

The Duo bush system means that Browning top kits require no cutting back. Use them with a wide range of pole elastic diameters.


Setting up for big carp Jim uses the Rocket Red Microbore elastic. The same method can be used for both hollow and solid elastics.

Jim also uses the simple Dacron Connectors. These create a strong and neat connection between elastic and line.

Hit the play button below to watch the How to elasticate your pole top kits video now, or find the video on our YouTube channel here.


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Catch Carp in the Margins

In this weeks new video Jim Hall visits the lovely Messingham Sands fishery near Scunthorpe, for a days margin fishing. After starting out with normal tactics, fishing on the deck, the warm sunny conditions see the bigger carp coming up in the water, and Jim adapts brilliantly to fishing shallow down the margin.

If you are new to shallow fishing, or looking to tackle deep margins, then Jim’s hybrid approach is a brilliant tactic to think about, combining the best of both worlds. Watch now on our YouTube channel, or simply click the play button below.

Simple River Wye Barbel Fishing

In our latest session video we join England International Rory Jones on the beautiful river Wye just outside Hereford in search of barbel.

Rory talks about swim choice, the tackle and tactics he uses, and the simple baits that he uses in the summer months.

Click the play button below to watch now, or find the video (and many others) on our YouTube channel.

Improve Your Feeder Fishing - Fish the Bow

In this new short video Rory Jones takes a look at why adding a bow of line after you cast out can not only reduce the amount of weight you need to hold position, but also improve your bite detection.


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Rig it Right: Slow Sinking Feeder Rig

Deep stillwaters that contain lots of carp can be tricky to tackle especially in summer when they spend most of their time in the mid to upper layers. This can be somewhat frustrating as it can take time to get them feeding confidently up in the water within pellet waggler range or down on the deck in feeder range. 

However there is a solution, the Slow-Sinking Feeder as this will slowly search every inch of the swim often nicking a few early fish that will make the difference between winning a match or coming nowhere!

Colin Sheppard

  1. Remove eighteen inches of 0.20mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono from its spool to create the hooklink.  

2. Tie a small Bait Band to one end. 

3. Pass the tag end through the back of a barbless size 14 Sphere Beast Hook. 

4. Position the hook close to the band creating a short hair. 

5. Whip the hook length round the shank of the hook approximately eight times.  

6. Pass the tag end once again through the back of the hooks eye, moisten and tighten. 

7. The hook section should finish up looking like this.

8. Make a figure of eight knot to create a loop in the tag end. 

9. Thread two Float Stops onto the mainline, I use 6lb Black Magic Gold.  

10. Next onto the mainline is a small Quick Change Bead.  

11. Thread a further two Float Stops onto the mainline.  

12. With a figure of eight knot create a loop in the end of the mainline. 

13. Attach the hook length to the mainline by passing one loop through the other.

14. Then pass the hook through the hook length loop.

15. Connect the Slow Sinking Feeder to the Quick Change Swivel. 

16. the finished rig should look like this.

The components you will need.

Tackle the River Don

In this weeks session video we join Northern River Master Champion Nick Crooks on the river Don for a practice session in search of bream on the feeder and silvers on the pole.

How will Nick get on fishing this slow flowing deep river, where bonus fish can play a big part in the eventual result? How long should he sit it out for a big fish? Can he catch enough on the pole to frame?

Let’s see how Nick gets on by clicking the play button on the video below, or find it in HD over on our YouTube channel – Browning Fishing Europe.

Browning Youth Team take on Browning Crowsport

In this weeks session video the awesome Browning Youth team take on Browning Crowsport for a friendly match at Astridge Manor Fishery. Will the young-guns come out on top, or will the Seniors prevail?

Find out by watching the video below. You can also find it, and many more videos, over on our YouTube channel.

Make an Explosive Feeder Groundbait Mix

Feeder fishing is not just about catching fish hard on the bottom. Often, when fishing for roach, rudd and other silverfish, it is much faster to catch them on the drop. We use this tactic regularly on the larger Fenland rivers, and it is just as effective on stillwaters too. In fact it works brilliantly on any venue with a big head of silver fish. 

This tactic revolves around creating a cloud of particles in the water column that encourage the fish to feed confidently. Groundbait and small baits, such as finely chopped worm, and pinkies, are ideal for achieving this. The groundbait mix should be light so that it hangs in the water, and literally explode out of the feeder so that it is empty by the time it reaches the bottom. The mix I have put together to achieve this is a combination of three of the Champions range of groundbaits, namely Champions Choice Canal, Champions Feeder Big Bream and Champions Choice No.1. All of these are light groundbaits with a sandy colour – a bright groundbait works well as a cloud, whilst I generally use a dark mix on the deck. 

This is an easy mix to put together, but like most groundbaits they will benefit from being prepared the night before fishing, or first thing before the start of a session so that the water has time to be fully absorbed, activating the groundbait. 

Kye Jerrom

  1. Use a combination of Champions Choice Canal, Champions Feeder Big Bream and Champions Choice No.1.

2. Start off with a full bag of Champtions Choice No.1. 

3. Add half a bag of the Champions Feeder Big Bream.

"To catch on the drop I use an explosive feeder groundbait."

4. Now add half a bag of the Champions Choice Canal.

5. Mix the dry ingredients together thoroughly – I tend to use a groundbait whisk for this.

6. Slowly add water, whisking all the time to ensure the groundbait is thoroughly mixed.

7. Put the groundbait through a maggot riddle to remove any lumps and to aerate the mix.

8. Leave the groundbait to stand for as long as possible, to allow the water to be absorbed.

9. When I am ready to start fishing I use an atomiser to get the consistency spot-on.

10. The finished mix has a light fluffy texture and explodes out of the feeder creating a cloud.

11. Use chopped worm and pinkies in the feeder to add some food. 

Catch Carp on the Slow Sinking Feeder

In this weeks new video Colin Sheppard looks at a brilliant summer method for fishing deeper commercials for carp – The Slow Sinking Feeder.

Utilising Browning’s revolutionary Xenos J-25 Feeder, slightly weighted so that it only just sinks Colin is able to catch carp at all depths, from the surface to the bottom. A fantastic tactic when the carp are up in the water.


Click on the video below to watch it now.