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November 8, 2013

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Method in the madness!

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I HATE to think how many years have flown by since I rocked up at Mallory Park Fisheries to shoot a video with film maker Liam Dale about a revolutionary technique called ‘the method feeder’.

The rudimentary and somewhat crude beginnings of this devastating carp catcher were developed at Mallory – although I’m sure someone, somewhere will claim it was used in Africa or Mongolia a million years ago, such is the way of angling and its insistence that nothing is ever new.

GOTCHA! Bob with carp caught by a method feeder Roll forward almost 20 years and it’s interesting to see how things have developed. The Emstat feeder is no more – yet every tackle accessory company has a range of method feeders. Gone are the days when you needed rudimentary DIY skills, everything is now laid on a plate. Open a packet, thread on the feeder, clip on a hook link and away you go. I’m not entirely sure this degree of progress is a good thing. Whatever happened to creativity? Modern method feeders come in many guises. Most have a ‘flat bed’ which means the lead weight is no longer contained in the nose cone. After all, commercial fisheries seldom require a cast of more than 30 yards. Instead the weight is moulded into the base where it ensures the feeder lands the same way up each time. Because your hook bait is pressed into the opposite side, thanks to the new method moulds which compress exactly the right amount of feed onto the feeder, the hook bait is never masked. Perhaps the biggest change in the method is in the feed used. Fancy groundbait mixes have been replaced with pellets, the most successful catcher of matchsized carp ever. Pellets rule – but you should choose the right size.

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Back then, the only suitable feeder available was an Emstat frame feeder that needed to be modified by drilling a hole through the lead-weighted nose through which a length of strong pole elastic was threaded. This ‘bungee’ acted as a shock absorber to prevent the short hook link from being broken when you hooked a big carp. The Emstat feeder was simply a plastic frame encasing a lead nose cone. They would out-cast almost any other swimfeeder on the market at the time and we would make up two different groundbaits. The first was very sticky and pressed into the feeder to make a solid core. A much softer groundbait was moulded around this and we actually buried the hook bait in this outer layer. When you cast this out, carp would home in on the smell of the groundbait and attack the ball of food. The outer layer would soon dissolve or be whittled away. You knew fish were on the feeder because the quiver tip would be juddering and twitching constantly but you had to learn not to strike at these false ‘bites’.

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6. During an anti-cuts march outside Buckingham Palace, which famous comedian was pictured taking part in the protest? 7. Which well-known pop star was caught on camera spray painting the side of a Brazilian hotel?

10. Which supermarket has just released Britain’s cheapest mobile phone, which costs just £5?

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4. Which bearded telly presenter has launched an attack on news readers who go on

8. What American political party does recently elected New York mayor Bill de Blasio represent? 9. A sports team from the University of Birmingham were refused entry to a party and branded ‘racist’ after dressing up as people from which country?

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3. Which Premier League footie star has received internet abuse after a diving incident in the Champions League?

5. A pair of 19-year-old girls caused outrage this week after they went to a Halloween party dressed as what?

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2. Which controversial female singer has just had a pic of her gran tattooed on her arm?

reality TV shows, saying ‘they’re making tw*ts of themselves’?

1. Crass; 2. Pleat; 3. Sew; 4. Profit; 5. Inns;

1. Who has just overtaken Justin Bieber (above) as the most-followed celeb on Twitter?

ANSWERS

Accuracy

Pellets come in a variety of colours, flavours and sizes but most fisheries insist you use only the ones they sell on site. It’s a huge money generator for them. The vast majority of fishery pellets invariably come from exactly the same manufacturer but they buy in bulk, re-bag and charge you a hefty premium. Fail to use the fishery’s ‘own’ pellets and you run the risk of being ejected. Hmmm. Greed or what? It’s a bit of a hobby horse of mine and most Sensational of the match secretaries I’m in regular contact with. What are you supposed to do with the half Eventually the hook bait would be exposed and bag that’s left over? invariably snatched up by the nearest carp. The perfect sized pellet for method feeder fishBecause the hook link was so short the carp ing is 2mm. Smaller pellets dissolve too quickly, would hook itself and bolt off in a blind panic. larger ones don’t compress well onto the feeder. The bites were sensational and if you didn’t have What you do is pour your pellets into a bait your wits about you your rod could easily be tub and cover them with lake water for a minute dragged into the lake. or two until they feel spongy. You can add a Action was invariably fast and furious with sprinkle of Horlicks over the pellets if you really huge weights being recorded. want them to stick to the feeder for longer. This was an era when your average match What you are aiming to do is avoid the pellets might have been won with 10-20lbs – yet Mallory breaking away as the feeder hits the surface. weights were ten times higher. Obviously it was That should happen only when the feeder lies a glimpse into what the future held. on the lake bed. That way you create a feeding hotspot exactly where your hook bait lies. Casting accuracy is absolutely vital so make sure you use the line clip found on most reel spools. Make a few WHETSTONE GORSE COARSE FISHERY AND CARAVAN SITE casts until you land your feeder in the Described as the perfect place to unwind, there are four exact spot you want and then clip up. lakes perfectly suited to the pleasure and match fisherman. From then on every cast will reach There are disabled, toilet and shower facilities. exactly the same distance – you only Phone: 01162 773796 have to concentrate on direction. www.whetstonegorse.co.uk Method feeder fishing is simple and Check out the latest Improve Your Coarse Fishing magazine devastatingly effective. Try it and (page 104) for the chance to win a weekend break at the you’ll see. fishery in a free to enter competition

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WEEKEND

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