THE BEST METHOD FEEDER HOOKBAITS – PAUL GARNER

Picking the right hookbait can get extra bites on the method feeder

by Angling Times |

Hookbait choice can make a huge difference to your Method feeder catches.

Some score best with bigger fish, while others will win you extra bites on tough days. Here’s my pick of the bunch...

Picking the right hookbait can get extra bites on the method feeder

FAKE BAITS

Artificial casters will pick off bigger fish than the real thing, and are great when there are a lot of nuisance fish around. Most packs contains different colours, so see which one the fish prefer on the day.

Dark baits often score in summer, but the off-white ones can bring bonus fish when the going gets tough.

Best for: Tench, crucians and carp

Artificial casters will pick off bigger fish
Artificial casters will pick off bigger fish

PUNCHED MEAT

Easy to use, and with a distinctive taste that carp love, punched meat is one of my favourite Method hookbaits for larger carp.

Cut the meat into 10mm-thick slices and use a bait punch to produce perfect 6mm hookbaits, stepping up to 10mm when they are feeding well.

Best for: Big carp

One of my favourite baits for larger carp
One of my favourite baits for larger carp

DEAD MAGGOTS

A bunch of four dead red maggots is very effective, especially in the cold, when small fish are less active. I like to use maggots that have been frozen.

They have a soft, stretched appearance, but are still quite tough. Use a bunch on a size 12 hook.

Best for: Bream, tench and carp

Dead maggots come into their own when it is cold
Dead maggots come into their own when it is cold

PELLETS

For Method fishing I like an 8mm tough hooker pellet. The consistency is ideal for hair rigs, and I use them with a Quick Stop to make baiting-up simple.

In summer go for savoury flavours, while in winter, sweeter flavours work better.

Best for: Carp, tench, bream and F1s

Go for savoury pellets in the summer
Go for savoury pellets in the summer

WAFTERS

These slightly buoyant hookbait boilies only just sink, and hover just above the bottom. Being semi-buoyant, they are easy for larger fish to suck up, giving more bites and better hookholds too.

Wafters are tough baits, so you can often catch several fish on the same one. Hair-rig them using a boilie spike for best results.

Best for: Carp and bream

You can often catch several fish on the same wafter
You can often catch several fish on the same wafter
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