Feeder fishing in two words
The feeder fishing is not new at all. It always was part of the ground technique in the UK and in Europe in slightly different ways for catching carp (sliding spring feeder rigs, …) or with leads.
The first derived lead technique already used baits feeder, in clear (or greenish) plastic, on sliding or paternoster rigs,
British anglers held their rods In hands ! to firmly strike on quivering quiver-tips or swinging swing-tips.
Only for the pleasure of it, ere are some pictures from a 1977 book (whose it was the 4th edition) and was about coarse fishing, A tenth years later the same descriptions can be read in Melvyn Russ 1985’edition of “Stillwater Coarse Fishing”
They can be sorted in 4 categories: live baits feeders (swim feeders), cage feeders, method feeders and pellets feeder
Those are not less different in rigs than in usage.
1. Swim feeders
Made of a brownish, greenish or transparent solid plastic, they are also called block-end feeders. Indeed they can be open at one or both end. The body is drilled with holes which baits can escape from by and leave an enticing pile of maggots, pinkies or squatts.
Some of them are designed with some kind of windows whose alignments can make narrower or wider exits to make vary the baits flow.
2. Cage feeders
Their name makes it clear. It’s a round, rectangular, oval or square mesh holding the groundbait. The mesh allows water to wash out the groundbait easier.
Weights are positioned on one or more sides or at the bottom of the cage. You can also find specific cage feeders, usually cylinder-shaped, whose weight is positioned at the bottom of it. The bullet type has a rocket-shaped weight and others look like conventional open end feeder but their lead is moulded around the base.
3. Method feeders
Method feeders are oblong pear-like shape “half-cage-feeders” with a flat bed being used as weight,
Their main assets are: straight castings because they trigger no rotation when flying and they are rigged directly on the main line as a sliding rig. They can offer the hooked baits on top the groundbait-pile (thanks to a little gap in the mould) or inside the crumb. They are also usable with expanding pellets
They are shipped with a mould you fill with the groundbait and give so a perfect aerodynamic shape to your groundbait. The use of soft and non-sticky material makes the releasing easy and solid with a flat and thin texture.
You may also be interested in certain elasticated models making castings and big catches more comfortable to cope with.