Kick-start your fishing: How to fill a feeder

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Float Fishing with the pole or running line is a great way to fish – but one method that catches more fish than most is the groundbait feeder.

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If you are a match or pleasure angler it’s a sure fire way to bag at White Acres.

In the warmer months when fish are at their most active and eat a lot, I like to cast regularly at short intervals leaving the rig in the water for no more than a couple of minutes. That way I can build up a swim and if I am not catching, be confident that when the carp turn up there’s plenty of feed there to hold them.

1. Sweep the casters into the feeder until it is crammed .
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1. Sweep the casters into the feeder until it is crammed .

If you are opposite one of the many islands then the best place to cast your feeder is often as tight as you can get to an island itself. That’s where the line clip on the reel spool comes in handy – make a few test casts falling short of the island.

Make each subsequent cast a bit closer until you are satisfied with the distance, then clip the line on the reel spool. Each time you cast thereafter the feeder will travel no further than the clip so you can punch it out without worrying about snagging the island.

Triple red maggot on the hook is one of my favourites with plenty of casters and hemp in the feeder plugged with some fishmeal feed.

2.Hold the feeder with finger and thumb to prevent the contents spilling out.
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2.Hold the feeder with finger and thumb to prevent the contents spilling out.

At White Acres, feeders must be free running, and I use a link swivel on the reel line to which I can attach varying sizes and types of feeder. You can stop the swivel with a Drennan swivel bead attachment that acts as a buffer. The hook length can be tied to the exposed eye of the swivel bead
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3.Sweep groundbait into both open ends of the feeder and squeeze. This plugs the ends sealing the casters.
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3.Sweep groundbait into both open ends of the feeder and squeeze. This plugs the ends sealing the casters.

Use at least a medium feeder rod to give you the power to cast a loaded feeder and the ability to play hard fighting carp.

A short hook length tends to result in more bites and fish hooked, 12 inches is the minimum allowed at White Acres.

Make use of that line clip, lining up the cast with something fixed on the opposite bank to ensure both distance and straight line accuracy

Don’t strike hard when a carp belts the tip round – just pick the rod up and wind!

The Daiwa Harrier range of feeders are flexible and allow a lot of bait to be packed into them – helping

4.You can pack a relatively large amount of particles like casters with a small amount of groundbait
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4.You can pack a relatively large amount of particles like casters with a small amount of groundbait

to build up the swim quickly.