Harbour - Estuary - Beach (Feeder Fishing)
Feeder fishing in the sea?!?
I suppose a lot of anglers who may read this, who enjoys their sea fishing, using accepted methods, would find this question a bit of a leg-pull.
As an example, let's say we go off to the beach.
We've got our beach caster, rod, reel and whatever rigs we are using and, of course, either a 5oz or 6oz , plain or grip lead, tripod and bait. All standard tackle.
I, like many beach anglers, use 2 rods:-
" 1 long cast and 1 hook rig.
" 1 short cast and 2 hook rig
So, the bait, let's say rag worm - I now have 2 worms on one rig and one worm on the other rig.
Where I fish, the fish are out at about 80 yards. So, I cast the single hook rig long; the 2 hook rig to 80 yards.
The fish I am targeting could be there. All well and good. If they're not, I've got a bit of a wait
I am hoping that the fish will find my bait from the smell and juices coming off it - in a massive volume of sea water.
Yes, I totally agree with you. Fish have an acute sense of smell - why not use this fact to our advantage?
What about putting a stronger scent in the water every time we cast out? Now, think about that.
This is what feeder fishing is all about - putting a fishy, attractive scent for the fish to home in on. Look at it this way.
You've bought a grip lead feeder, you've bought a bag of attractant -So what you do now is:
"Fill the feeder: bait up - you cast to your distance & put your rod on the tripod, you tighten your line"
What's happening now is, your feeder starts to empty, putting that fantastic scent in the water. So what are you left with? A grip lead weight - just the same as if that was all you had cast in - easy!
I cast my bait out every 15 minutes - so a feeder-full of fishy smell goes out at the same rate, building up a good scent in the water. It works very well indeed and will attract fish into the area.
The idea of feeder fishing in the sea is not new. It's back in the late 70s, early 80s that I and my friends were adapting large, coarse fishing feeders for this method - it significantly improved our bite rate, which in turn, improved our catch rate. In the early days, we received a lot of ridicule for using this method. However, when the anglers could see that we were catching consistently and they were struggling, the ridicule turned to jealousy - as a result, there were a few beaches we stopped fishing.
Thankfully, there are now purpose-made sea feeders. So I don't need to make any. I still get raised eyebrows when someone sees me using a feeder, however, now their questions reflect a hunger to learn rather than ridicule. Of course, the only way that you will know whether I am pulling your leg, is to get out there and give this method a go. I will tell you this, it does work.
"Tight lines" - The Bait Bandit - Dorset
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