Elasticated Feeder Method

Elasticated Feeder Method

What you need:

Small Elastic Bands

 Blockend Feeder – Kamasan and Dinsmore are great

Size 8 Swivel

 6 – 8Lbs Nylon

 A strong hook Animal in sizes 12 to 16 I rate very highly




How to tie this Rig

1 ) Firstly place the elastic band round the blockend feeder (bottom half), you can double this up if necessary (it must be tight enough not to pull off)
2 ) Take powergum out of the feeder and make a small hole with a knife at the bottom of the feeder
3 ) Thread your mainline through the cap end of feeder and through the bottom end where you made the insertion and pull out line
4 ) Then tie a size 8 swivel on to end of main line with your favourite knot
5 ) Take 3 inches of maxima line and cut with scissors
6 ) Tie a size 12 – 16 hook on to the end of hook length line (Maxima)
7 ) Tie other end to swivel using a grinner or similar knot
8 ) Place hook length through the elastic band and back out

The finished rig should look like this

When To Use This Rig:

This rig is fantastic, only on a certain situation however. The idea is that whilst feeder fishing, Barbel will often peck at a blockend feeder to get to maggots that are crawling out. When they do this they often ignore your hook bait and just concentrate on what’s coming out of the feeder. I have found this way of presenting your hook bait the best way of catching the Barbel that are feeding this way. Whilst your feeder rods resting, be it in your hand, or on the rest, angel it slightly, because this should increase the chances of less slack and give you a better indication of bites. It also helps with those running bites you may get after the fish feels the hook or feeder. You must get an elastic band that fits snugly to the blockend feeder and the feeder must be round. Your bait is attached to this elastic band by the band being tight against the line and just leaving the protruding hook bait, which is maggots on a size 12 to 16 hook. Deciding on what hook to use is down to experience, trial and error, sometimes Barbel will take a bigger bunch of maggots more readily than a smaller cluster e.g. 1 or 2. I will often play around with the hook size until I get the ratio of bites that compare to the ‘liners’, pulls and knocks from fish pecking at the feeder. What happens when you get a take is the line pulls out of the elastic band and you are immediately connected to the fish, the elastic band and how it fits round the feeder should be requisite to this. You simply must use this rig when Barbel are pecking at your feeder and trying to get to the contents quicker than the maggots are crawling out the holes. This often happens when fishing a maggot feeder and casting out regularly as the Barbel come right on to the source and can’t get enough of maggots, and those plucks and twitches can sometimes be Barbel pecking at the feeding trying to get to the maggots and if that is happening, get on this method. I have done very well on this in the past catching 10 – 12 Barbel a session, although you do get through a power of bait. Please note however I would be using a more conventional rig to start off with but if they’re are getting away with it and messing me about I will not hesitate to put this rig on and neither should you!

Written by Richard Easom of My Quest for Barbel

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