Q&A – Jamie Harrison on Feeder Fishing!

Bait-Tech puts a question to one of our England Feeder Team members – Jamie Harrison!
Q: How does the effect of water towing effect your bait choices when feeder fishing? I have a bream session planned on a large lake. It’s not very deep and I know from float fishing it, the water can tow a lot. Does this influence your choice of groundbait used? If so how?

Jamie Harrison says:

Great question and yes it can influence groundbait choice. First of all you need an understanding on how much the lake can tow. To gauge this I like to select a rod tip which I think is right as soon as I arrive at my peg, then after clipping a bomb onto the rig, I cast out to the range I expect to be fishing and put the rod on the rest whilst I set up the rest of my tackle.

By watching the tip over the course of a few minutes you’ll soon see if the selection is right or not in accordance with any tow on the water. If it isn’t, that is the time to change it as you don’t want to waste time once the match has started. If the water is towing strongly then you’ll need to step up the tip strength. If this is the case, I like to use stronger smelling, scented groundbaits which can easily release a scent trail down tow of the feeder which I feel helps draw fish over the feed area. 04.08.15_1

Halibut Marine Method Mix is good for this as well as the powerful Special ‘G’ Green and Gold. Beware however of using some of the mixes with particle rich bases that explode from the feeder, as in extreme conditions you run the chance of having fish actually following the particles down tow and out of the peg!

If you choose to use these mixes a trick I was told about was to simply mix the groundbait the night before the match so that the ‘active’ ingredients have plenty of time to soak up more water and make them inert.

You want a groundbait that has had plenty of rest time after mixing. Also be mindful that tail length could be important. Strong tows often mean fish can hold away from the feeder so be prepared to vary length and don’t be afraid to fish long tails. I’ve caught well on tails of up to 5 and 6 feet in strong towing water.

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