Rocket Surface Feeder Carp Float
Rocket Surface Feeder Carp Float
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Rocket feeders are designed to deliver a cloud of ground bait and pellet mix up in the water for carp fishing in the summer months. The cloud of fine ground bait will drive the carp in to a feeding frenzy making this a prolific summer method. Sizes 1 and 2 utilise a 25 mm diameter feeder in 40 & 50 lengths respectively.
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Sizes: No.1. No. 2.
From around the middle of March carp and other species can be caught ‘up in the water’ by fishing at depths of around 3-6 feet. This is normally done using pellet wagglers of your choice and catapulting pellets or maggots around your float. This method is very successful right up to the end of October, in some circumstances if the water remains warm even into November. As the spring and summer progresses the fish will rise higher in the water, sometimes the fish will move so high that they become difficult to catch using traditional pellet waggler methods. It is then that surface feeders come into their own. In simple terms the surface feeder has a swim feeder, attached to a bulbous float , in effect making it a mini bag up.
THE RIGHT GEAR
Rods of 11-12ft. long having a soft all through action are ideal for the job, but almost any rod including feeder rods will suffice . Main lines of around 6-8lbs breaking strain are ideal, anything stronger will impede casting and cut down distance. Hook lengths of around 12 to 15 inches (30-38cms) long and with a breaking strain of 6-8lbs are perfect. These should be tied as hair rigs, either to use a banded or drilled pellets allowing the pellet to sit just below the bend of the hook, or plain if using maggots, these hook lengths can be obtained ready tied from most tackle shops. Strong hooks in sizes 18-12 are best, as anything larger appears to make the fish shy. Even a size 18 will give a good hold allowing you to land big fish. In this type of fishing the takes can be quite violent; main lines should be mono so that the shock is taken up by the stretch factor. Some anglers place a micro swivel between the main line and hook length to avoid line twist, but it is not essential. When using a quick change adaptor and a heavy float it can be advisable to place a float stop or small shot just below the adaptor as with continuous casting the adaptor may slip, altering your depth without being noticed.
Use a kwick-change pellet waggler adaptor on the main line and attach the float to the adaptor. hook sizes of18-16-14-12 can be used, tied as hair rigs or for banded pellets, plain if using maggots. This rig set up will allow you to alter the depth with ease.
FISHING THE SUFACE FEEDER.
Make up a damp fluffy ground bait mix that will squeeze into the feeder easily, too heavy and the float will sink, add a couple of handfuls of 4mm sinking pellets or maggots and you ready to go. The aim is to get the ground bait to release from the feeder on impact, this will produce an enticing cloud in the upper layer which in turn will attract lots of fish hunting for food. A suggested mix would be 1kg of brown bread crumb, ¼ kg of ground trout pellet powder and a couple of handfuls of sinking 4mm pellets or maggots of your choice. 6mm banded pellet is the first choice as the hook bait. The ground bait in the feeder is your casting weight and will cast 30 yards or more easily. Most anglers ‘clip up’ when using this method to ensure the same distance every time, accurate casting will concentrate the feed and produce more fish. These floats are finely balanced, so if you overload the feeder or the ground bait is to stodgy then the float may well sink initially. Try not to move the float too far from its original entry point, the further the float is from the ground bait cloud the longer it will take to get a bite. When fishing this method you see the fish attacking your feed the moment the float hits the water, with the float dancing all over the place. Do not strike, the float will go under, watch the line, when you see the line moving, tighten up and you will be into a fish. Use the little and often principle, if you do not get a take within a very short time of the float hitting the water, reel in, re-load your surface feeder and re-cast.