Swimfeeder Fishing


Swimfeeder fishing is an effective form of fishing as it allows the introduction of bait items around the hook bait, thereby increasing the chances of fish moving into the swim.

They can be filled with small items such as casters, maggots & pellets, or be used in conjunction with groundbait to create aromatic clouds around the hook.


Feeder fishing is equally effective on running & still waters for fish such as bream, barbel, carp, tench & roach. You can even purchase predator feeders which attract species such as pike.


Using a quiver tipped rod is generally the most popular form of feeder fishing, especially when targeting small to medium sized carp on heavily stocked commercial venues.



Types Of Feeders


Swimfeeders come in many different shapes & sizes, the smaller feeders are designed to be cast short distances on many of today’s day ticket venues and the larger sizes for distance casting or holding the strong flow when river fishing. Below are the most commonly found swimfeeders in your tackle shop with basic rig diagrams.



Blockend Feeders are ideal when fishing on rivers for barbel & chub, they can be filled with maggots & particles to create a bait trail which leads down to the hook length. They can also be used successfully on still waters when targeting summer tench when filled with red maggots.



Cage Feeders are primarily designed to hold groundbait, the groundbait can be made to a firm consistency to create a baited carpet around the hook bait area or mixed lightly to create an enticing explosive cloud. Casters & maggots can also be used in a cage feeder provided the top and bottom of the feeder is plugged with groundbait.




Flatbed Feeders are excellent when fishing for large bags of fish on many of today's day ticket venues. Flatbed feeders are used in conjunction with a feeder mould so that pellets or groundbait can moulded around the feeder with a short hook length attached. This allows the baited hook to be directly on top of the baited feeder. More information about loading a pellet feeder can be found here.




Method Feeders are typically used with very sticky groundbait & a short hook length, they are good at targeting fish such as carp. When loading the method feeder with groundbait, the hook can buried within the top layer of groundbait to promote summer carp to attack the feeder for food. Method feeders tend to be quite heavy when loaded with groundbait, so make sure your rod is strong enough to cope with the pressures of repeated casts.


Fishing Blockend Feeders


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Running blockend feeders are a simple yet effective rig to use when fishing for bream, chub, roach & tench. The only rig components you need are a swivel & a buffer bead - the bead is important as it acts as a shock absorber to prevent the feeder from damaging the knot connecting the main line to the swivel.


1 - Thread the feeder and buffer bead onto the main line & tie a knot such as a grinner to the swivel


2 - The hook length is tied to the swivel & can be either short or long depending on how the fish are feeding - It's wise to experiment on the day with hook length size to see what length the fish respond most positively to.


Inline blockend feeders are a great way of creating a bolt effect & increasing hook ups when fishing for large bream, carp & tench. The swimfeeder has a swivel which fits into the bottom of the feeder to which the main line & hook length are attached.


1 - Thread the main line through the hollow tube attached to the feeder & tie a knot such as a grinner to the swivel, now attach the hook length to the bottom eye of the swivel & push the swivel into the hollow tube.


It is usually better to have a shorter hook length when fishing inline blockends as they tend to produce more positive bites, should bites not be forth coming try to lengthen the hook length to tempt wary fish.


Fishing Cage & Flatbed Feeders


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Cage feeders are the ideal choice when using groundbait to create a clouded area around the hook bait in shallow water when targeting fish such as bream & roach. Larger version can be purchased for river fishing, with versions having gripper rods on the inside to ensure the groundbait gets to the bottom before it is released.


1 - Thread the feeder onto the main line with a buffer bead & tie onto the swivel, now attach the hook length to the swivel.


In order to change readymade hook lengths quickly, a snap link can be added to the bottom swivel eye so hook lengths with a double handed knot loop can be attached in seconds.


Flatbed feeders are designed primarily for heavily stocked carp waters & are purchased with a mould which is used to bind groundbait or softened pellets to the frame of the feeder with the hook bait buried within.


1 - Thread the main line through the hollow tube in the centre of the feeder and tie it to the swivel eye which detaches at the bottom.


2 - The hook length is purposely short so that the hook bait can be compressed into the feeder when using the mould, this encourages more positive bites as the fish feed upon the flatbed.


Details on how to load a pellet feeder can be found here


Fishing Method Feeders


Method feeders are primarily used when fishing for carp, however smaller versions of this feeder can be used successfully for other fish such as bream & roach. Groundbait used within this feeder should be of a sticky consistency in order for it to mould to the frame & stay on during the cast.


1 - Thread the feeder onto the main line & tie it to the swivel located at the bottom of the feeder with a grinner knot.


2 - A short hook length of no more than 2-3 inches ensures the hook bait can be moulded into the groundbait prior to casting.


3 - A longer hook length can also be used if fish are not feeding confidently.


Method feeders create a bolt effect to help hook up rates, which means bites are generally very positive.









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