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Feeders come in two main types – groundbait or maggot feeders. Maggot feeders are closedand have holes in the walls to allow the maggots to crawl out and feed the swim. Groundbait feeders are designed to allowgroundbait to be introduced to the swim and are generally open ended.
Hook to the line
Always fish with a hook length slightly lighter than the reel line. In summer 6lb reel line to 4lb is a good carp beating choice. For autumn/winter 4lb to3lb is better. Good strong hooks like Preston Innovations PR28 for summer and the lighter Tubertini 808 pattern for Autumn/winter.
Feeder rods have built in quiver tips which are fine enough to detect bites from quite shy biting fish. However these rods generally have quite a lot of power in the butt and middle section to cast heavy feeders. The rods should be coupled with a good quality open faced reel because feeder fishing can be quite demanding on the tackle.
Summer and Winter feeders
White Acres rules are that the feeder must be free running on the main reel line so that in the event of the hook length breaking the fish will not be forced to tow the feeder around. The simplest way to set the rig up is to slide a link swivel onto the reel line and clip the feeder onto the swivel. A bead cushions the sliding feeder against the hook length connection.
Sticky maggot feeder
The term ‘sticky maggot feeder’ confuses many anglers but is basically a cage feeder plugged with maggot bound together using one of the proprietary maggot binders. This feeder works well in spring and autumn and feeds the swim with concentrated patches of maggots, baiting the hook with a bunch of maggots brings best results.
After casting the rod should be positioned so that you can easily read the tip. An angle between 45 and 90 degrees should suit most situations so the rod can cushion violent bites from carp allowing you time to pick the rod up. Pointing the rod at the fish will only result in line breakage. Use a suitable rod rest and allowe the handle of the rod to lay across your lap so that you can hold the rod but and control the reel.