I prefer a bait dropper over making lots of casts with a feeder because it’s accurate and often much quicker too.
I bait up with different-sized pellets and a few crushed boilies. The pellets keep the fish in the swim for long spells while the crushed boilies give them a taste of my hookbait.
Crushing the boilies releases lots of flavour. I’ll introduce around a pint of mixed barbel pellets and 30 crushed boilies, the exact amount depending on several factors…
The size of the river - The bigger the river I’m fishing, the more bait I will use.
Stock of barbel and other species - if I know there are a lot of barbel, chub, or even silverfish such as roach I will up the amount of feed I put in at the start.
Temperature - As temperatures drop towards autumn, I will scale back on the amount of bait being fed.
How long I am fishing for - The longer my session, the more feed I will introduce.