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Beginners method feeder fishing tips

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The method feeder is a popular type of open feeder than can be used for mixed coarse and small to mid-sized carp (if used correctly). There’s various different types of method including the flat bottom method, banjo feeder and others. Here we’ll cover our top tips for method feeder beginners and give you an idea of how to use this method effectively.

First lets start with the most simple question

What is a method feeder?

A method feeder is an open feeder for pellets or ground bait where your bait sits on top of the feed. These are available as either an in line feeder or attached – called a banjo feeder.

Top method feeder tips for beginners

Before we get into the different types of feeders you need to think about the type of water you’re going to fish and what you want to catch. As a rough guide smaller feeders will be better suited to smaller lakes.

Recommended method feeder setup 1 – Preston innovation method feeder.

This feeder is made by preston innovations and is by far my favourite feeder. It comes in two types – in line Banjo feeder – buy here (recommended) and elasticated – also know as a banjo feeder. There’s also a separate mould to shape the pellets to present the bait perfectly. This is a really easy feeder to fish with a soaked pellet and small hook bait – 10mm boilies work perfectly along with 4mm pellets(see my best small boilies guide here). As a method feeder for beginners here’s a step by step guide to fishing using this rig and all the components you’ll need.

What you’ll need (see below) – Method feeder in either 15g, 30g or 45g, pellets (See my guide to the best carp method pellets here), short hair rig (Korum quick stop – short, size 10, 10LB break), plus usual terminal tackle you’d find in your box (rubbers, swivel etc).

Step by step guide

  1. Soak the pellets – You can do this at the bank but I prefer to soak them overnight depending on the pellets, just pop them in a tub covered in water and they end up as a nice sticky paste the next morning – perfect. If you’re using fin perfect stiki method pellets then you can do them on the bank in 10 minutes.
  2. Setup the in line feeder – Add the feeder on to the line, add a rubber and tie to a swivel
  3. Add the hair – Loop the hair over the swivel, we use Korum quick stops as it means you can quickly change baits or add new baits after you catch.
  4. Setup the bait – Hair rig your boilie or pellet to the quick stop and place it in the bottom of the mould. Take some of the soaked pellet out and fill the mould with it – squash it down as much as you can but leave some out. Place the feeder over the top and press it out of the mould leaving you with a perfectly filled feeder with your bait sitting on the top. It’s a great idea at this point to add some liquid attract over the feeder, especially if your fishing for carp. I like to mix Beta Stim liquid with the water to soak the feeder with en extra attractant or pour an extra bit over the top (slowly) before casting out. You can get beta stim and other carp fishing liquids here.
  5. Cast it out! – Then sit back and wait for the fish to bite!

Here’s all the bits you’ll need from Amazon


Here’s what the finished article looks like – This is a 30g in line feeder with a ringers 10mm white shellfish boilie on a 4″ size 10, 10lb break, Korum quick stop. This is done using slightly different pellets to add some variation to the rig – Skretting pellets. These are 8mm pellets that have been soaked overnight and are more a paste than the fin perfect pellets. As the video shows below they have a great effect under the water, rising out of the feeder and keeping the bait well presented.


Here’s what the rig looks like under water (Filmed on a Water Wold HD under water camera + carp bottom kit)

Some more tips

  • Casting – Don’t try and give it all you’ve got in the cast! Get the right weight of feeder and a swift flick should be all thats needed. Don’t settle for a “that will do cast”. It take a little time to set the feeder up, if you cast short of your target don’t be tempted to leave it, reel it back in, re fill, then re cast.
  • If the bait keeps coming off – Getting the consistency right is key to success, too dry and it would hold in the feeder to wet and it won’t shape. As a general rule cover the pellets plus 1 CM if you’re soaking over night.
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