The days of making 20 quick casts with a normal feeder to get some bait down for bream are long gone, thanks to the arrival of the baiting feeder, or ‘bosher’ as it’s also known. But are these big feeders really necessary or just another fad?
I reckon they’re a must for attacking a swim at the start of a session or for setting up swims for later on if I’m fishing for carp on large commercial fisheries. The beauty of them is that in no time at all I can feed several pints of bait, leaving me more time to concentrate on the actual fishing.
The main decision to make with a baiting feeder is whether it’s needed to begin with, and that’s down to how many fish I am expecting to catch.
If I was aiming for 20 bream at a prolific fishery, then absolutely, a baiting feeder would be key. If that changed to just two or three bream, then plainly nowhere near as much bait would be needed and relying on the feeder I’m fishing with would be ample.
Spread the feed
For bream, I’ll aim for a spread of feed roughly 6m square. I can then cast on to it, to one side or slightly further out. Accuracy isn’t important in this instance.
Pick the right size
Guru Bait Up feeders come in six and seven-hole sizes. Five casts with the bigger feeder will put the same amount of bait in as eight casts with the smaller one.
Add some particles
Baiting feeders aren’t just for groundbait. Particles can be fed too, if I’m fishing for carp, by popping on the Particle Cap that the feeders come with.
Use a spod rod
I have a 4lb tc carp spod rod with 20lb braid on the reel that makes casting a baiting feeder dead easy. I don’t have to faff about with the rod I’m actually fishing with.