Fishing The Method

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The Method

One of the most important carp rigs in an anglers armoury

What Is The Method?
The Method basically consists of an inline cage or frame feeder covered in groundbait, fished with a short hooklink of between 2 and 6 inches. There are a few variations on the actual feeders themselves (mainly elasticated and non-elasticated) but we would only recommend the use of the non-elasticated type. The main reasons for this are

1. They are safer for fish.
2. They are less likely to break.

How Do I Set It Up

Part of the beauty of fishing this technique is its simplicity. This enables it to be set up very quickly which is most likely down to the fact that it was developed by match anglers. All you need to complete the rig once your reel line is threaded through your rod is:

  • The method feeder
  • A swivel
  • Your hooklink, complete with hook

Step 1.
You start by sliding the method feeder onto your main line (making sure you have pulled the swivel out of the bottom) and then tie the swivel onto your line. After that, pull the feeder down your line and push the swivel back into the bottom of the feeder. The feeder is now attached, so you can tie your hooklink onto the other end of the swivel and hey presto, One method rig.

The next thing to do is grab your bucket of groundbait and the hook bait of your choice. Squeeze the groundbait around the feeder, a general rule of thumb for fishing the method is:

  • The deeper the water the harder you squeeze the ball of groundbait.

This is because you want the feeder to retain at least some of the groundbait after you have cast out to act as an attractant to fish. One of the most common mistakes of people fishing the method is that they don't squeeze the groundbait hard enough or their mix is too dry, so it comes off either during the cast or on impact after casting.

Ideally your groundbait mix should still be fluffy, it should stick together when given a gentle squeeze, yet brake up when pinched.

What Next
Okay, so now you bait up your hook. At this point you can either bury your hook into the ball of groundbait or you can leave it hanging down, after much debate we all agree that it makes no difference, although it is worth trying both ways on your local venue.

Next you squeeze your groundbait around the feeder and cast it out, trying to hit the same area each time you cast. You can either put your rod to the side and fish quiver tip style (you don't need a quiver tip). Otherwise you can point you rod straight out and use a swinger and bite alarm set up. Either way a baitrunner is practically essential as the bites will nearly rip your rod off the rest at most places.


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