23 Feeder Fishing Tips

Feeder Fishing Tips

Feeder fishing is a popular method of fishing that can be used in a variety of different situations. In this article, we will discuss 23 tips that will help you to be a better feeder fisherman.

But what exactly is feeder fishing, and why is it so effective?

What Is Feeder Fishing?

Well, feeder fishing is a method of fishing where you accurately place bait with pinpoint precision to a target area – usually around your hookbait.

Feeder fishing is designed to keep fish in and around your hook consistently for as long as possible.

One of the best things about feeder fishing is that it can be used in a number of different situations, to target a variety of different species.

In coarse or competitive angling, introducing bait little and often can be done by simply using a pole cup, if fishing a pole, or by attaching a method feeder to your rig (filled with bait) which you cast into the water as an extra supply of bait around your hook.

Or you can simply throw or catapult bait around instead.

In carp fishing, spodding is a feeder fishing method, as is delivering bait using a bait boat to a designated hotspot of the lake.

Here are our feeder fishing tips to help you improve this area of angling.

1. Use the right bait

First up in our list of feeder fishing tips is bait choice!

When it comes to feeder fishing, using the right bait is absolutely essential. There are a variety of different baits that can be used, and each has their own unique benefits.

Some of the most popular baits used for feeder fishing include:

  • Boilies
  • Pellets
  • Groundbait
  • Corn
  • Bread

2. Use the right feeder

When choosing a feeder, you need to consider the type of fish you are targeting, as well as the size of the fish.

If you are targeting smaller fish, then a small feeder would be ideal (obvious I know!), however, if you are targeting larger fish, then you will need to use a larger feeder.

There are a variety of different types of feeders available on the market, so be sure to do your research before making a purchase.

3. Place your bait in the right spot

When you are placing your bait, it is important to make sure that you place it in the right spot.

If you are targeting fish that like to feed on the bottom, then you will need to place your bait on or near the bottom of the lake.

But if you are targeting fish that like to feed in mid-water, then you will need to consistently introduce bait around your float or zig rig.

It is also important to consider the current when placing your bait, as this can influence where the fish are feeding.

4. Use the right rig

The rig you use will depend on a number of factors, such as the type of fish you are targeting, the size of the fish , the type of bait you are using and the depth of water you are fishing.

As a general rule of thumb, if you are targeting smaller fish, then you will need to use a lighter rig, and if you are targeting larger fish, then you will need to use a heavier rig.

feeder fishing rigs

5. Use the right line

The type of fishing line you use will also be influenced by the type of fish you are targeting. If you are targeting smaller fish, then you will need to use lighter fishing lines and vice versa for larger fish, such as carp.

6. Accurate Casting

In order to be successful when feeder fishing, it is essential that you are able to cast your bait out accurately.

This means being able to place your bait in the same spot each time, regardless of the wind or other conditions.

7. Use a Baitrunner Reel

When feeder fishing, using a baitrunner reel can be extremely beneficial. This is because it allows the fish to take the bait without feeling any resistance, meaning they are more likely to stay hooked.

8. Play the Fish Properly

Once you have hooked a fish, it is important that you play the fish properly in order to land it successfully.

This means using the right amount of pressure and keeping a tight line at all times .

9. Be Patient

It is important to be patient when feeder fishing. This is because the bite can often be slow and you may need to wait a while before you get a bite.

feeder fishing feeders

10. Use Heavier Feeders

If you’re fishing large waters, you may have to revert to using a larger feeder. Carp have big mouths and can take in a lot of bait.

Upgrading your feeder, perhaps to a 45g or 55g, should increase your chances!

11. Lighter Line

This applies to coarse fishing when targeting F1 carps. Some anglers assume you need a heavier line to cast further, but you can actually cast pretty far with a 5lb or 6lb mono.

Use a shockleader to weigh this down if you can’t quite reach your target!

12. Bright Baits

Bright is beautiful – and anglers will chose specific colours for a good reason. When feeder fishing for double carp – bright baits can make a huge difference to your success rate as they seem to stand out more.

13. Mobility

Carp anglers will tell you that you should move frequently if there is zero activity in your swim. The same should apply to coarse anglers – a move to another swim can produce!

14. Micro Pellets

I love this as a feeder bait! If you are unsure whether to opt for micro pellets or groundbait, and you are unsure on what is working on the venue you are fishing, I would choose micro pellets as my feeder bait every time.

Dampen them before use so they swell up a bit more quickly!

15. Attraction Booster!

If you are struggling to get to grips with feeder fishing, you could try adding a liquid attractant to your hookbait or feeder.

Liquid can really colour up the water column and draw in the fish, so give it a try!

liquid attractants for feeder fishing

16. Use Feeder Rods

To take feeder fishing seriously and hit those longer distances, investing in dedicated feeder rod will help you reach these areas.

Both a 13m or 14m feeder rod is recommended to increase distance, and luckily for us anglers – there are some smashing feeder rods around right now.

17. Rod Tips

And that moves us onto rod tips, which is one of those feeder fishing tips we love to share – selecting the incorrect quiver tip is another common mistake.

If you buy a feeder rod, you’ll usually get two or three quiver tips.

The higher the number – the stiffer the tip!

Assess the weather conditions, weight of your feeder and distance, and this should make selecting the right quiver tip easy for you.

18. Braid

For feeder fishing for carp, braid can be handy if you’re fishing up against a snag such as a fallen tree.

Its low stretch and bite indication will be more responsive. Make sure to use sinking braid – not floating braid that is commonly used for spodding!

feeder braid

19. Spares

This means taking plenty of feeders, rigs and hooklengths because you may be feeder fishing from a tight swim with plenty of weedy areas, snags and underwater features that increases the likelihood of losing tackle!

20. Prebaiting

I still feel that prebaiting is underused – and I can never understand why, because it is such as great method!

Introduce bait in areas that aren’t likely to see a rod anytime soon, but could be an ideal spot for cruising fish!

You could even prebait a few days before a trip to get the fish used to a certain bait, or to re-visit an area.

I have had great success prebaiting, so perhaps give it a try and see if this works for you?

Feeder Fishing: Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed our feeder fishing tips designed to improve your success rate!

Feeder fishing can be a bit daunting, but hopefully armed with this information you should be able to give it a go with confidence.

Happy fishing!


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