Feeder Rigs - Hit the tip and deliver a feeder with these simple rigs.
The humble feeder rig is an important weapon in your coarse fishing armoury; it can be used to catch a variety of fish in a diverse number of conditions. The swimfeeder does exactly what it says on the tin – it feeds your swim, while your hook bait loiters enticingly in the vicinity. It’s one of the simplest tactics out there, and getting to grips with these four feeder rigs will set you on the way to becoming a feeder fishing master.
What could be simpler? The running rig is perhaps the most commonly used of all feeder rigs and there’s a reason for this – it’s simple and effective. All you need is a feeder, a bead to rest against your hooklength knot, the hooklength itself and a hook. When a fish take your bait there will be no resistance as the line pulls through the feeder. From carp on your local gravel pit to big river barbel, this rig will catch them all.
Captive Running Rig
Similar to the running rig but with one key change, the captive rig has a ‘stopper’ set on your main line, which can be achieved by using a float stop or looping your main line. You can decide how far the stopper is set up your line as this will act as a self-hooker, meaning this rig is great for techniques where you may be using two rods and aren’t able to strike straightaway. A great setup for natural stillwater species such as tench and bream.
Another ‘classic’, the paternoster element of the rig refers to the length of line from the main line to the feeder; make sure this is shorter than your hooklength and you’ll be on the money. Often seen as the rig of choice for bream anglers across the country due to its knack of showing you even the slightest hint of a bite.
The Method-Feeder Rig
If you’re after specimen carp, tench and bream then the Method should be right up there. Thread your main line through the feeder and attached a short hooklength, 20 centimetres maximum. The Method allows you to deliver a parcel of goodies right next to your hook bait with no fear of a tangle. Simply mould groundbait around your Method feeder and bury your hook bait inside. A cast-anywhere rig that’s great when they’re ’avin it!
Types Of Feeder
Blockend An enclosed capsule, typically featuring holes to allow your particles (maggots, casters, hemp…) to escape. The blockend feeder does most of its damage in running water, where its contents can escape sporadically. Open-Ended Cage – Perfect for groundbait work in shallow water when you’d like your feed to leave the feeder sharpish. Plastic – The weapon of choice for deeper waters as your feed will stay in the feeder until it hits bottom, then form a nice carpet of bait for your quarry to feed on. The Method Use this when the fish are competing for food. They will often bash into the feeder before your rod screams off… fish on! They can wise up to this tactic quickly, though, so make sure you’ve got a plan B.