The theory is to have your baiting ready by the hook thanks to a cage filled with bait. Discover here how best to begin fishing with this technique.
1. The Rod
This is an essential part of this type of fishing.You must be able to easily detect nibbles as fish are sometimes small and their nibbles discrete.For this, fishing rods designed for feeder fishing have an extremely soft tip to forward even the smallest tremor.
When used, you must used a rod between 2m70 and 3m90 in length which will enable you to cast your rigging further and fight with great fish. A 2m70 fishing rod is perfect for fishing from shorter distances and spots from obstructed banks. The larger the rod, the further you can cast, and the better suited it is for fishing in the current.
The rods also differ in terms of their casting weight depending on the weight of the feeder you use. It's up to you to choose the rod which is better suited for your fishing spot.
Use Light and Medium rods to catch small fish. Use Medium and Heavy rods to catch medium and large fish.
2. The Reel
For feeder fishing, a standard reel will be perfectly adequate. Choose a size between 1000 and 3000 according to the amount of line you want to use. Line retrieve per crank is between 65cm and 1m. This will be enough for fishing in most situations. The greater the line retrieve per crank, the quicker you can reel in your rigging or the fish (useful in obstructed zones or in currents).
3. The Fishing Line
It is recommended to use a nylon fishing line with a slight stretch to feel the gentlest of nibbles. Depending on the weight of your rigging, use a nylon fishing line with 20/100 to 30/100 body of the line. If you would like to have a more resistant and fine fishing line, use a braided line between 10/100 and 16/100. Braided lines are good as they enable you to feel even the most subtle of nibbles.
4. The Rigging
5. The Feeder
There are several types of feeder cages available depending on your needs.
The Feeder Spring
The spring is connected to the line and slides over it.It allows you to easily stock your bait or grains and quickly release them.
The Open Feeder
The open feeder is open on two sides and allows the bait to be well retained during casting as well as letting it spread quickly. This is the most versatile of the feeders.
The Closed Feeder
The closed feeder is particularly suitable for fishing with live bait and small grains. It prevents the bait from being lost during casting. It also diffuses the bait more slowly than the open feeder.
There are ready-made baits which are suitable for feeder fishing. They are sticky enough to stay in the feeder during casting. They also disperse easily, creating a cloud of bait around the cage making it as attractive as possible.