Surface Feeder Rig Diagram
Surface feeders have become very popular over the past couple of years thanks to them being so easy to use and devastatingly good at producing huge catches. Remember with these floats you will deliver your hook bait and loose feed together to ecactly where you cast. Every Time!
Using a surface feeder float couldn't be easier. Simply follow the rig diagram shown here and as far as setting up you're ready to go. Don't forget the kwik change adaptor. You'll find it easier in the long run when you need to alter your fishing depth!
Start by setting your depth to about 60cm(2 feet). Its a good depth to start at and you can always change quickly to suit the depth of the feeding fish. As a rule, we would suggest using a 6mm banded pellet on the hook for carp, but that could be swapped for corn or maggotts straight on the hook should you prefer, depending on what you're fishing for. As for the feed mix, a simple brown crumb with some of your hook bait mixed in tends to work just fine. Of course you can use any premixed ground bait you like but don't forget to mix some hook bait in there.
Important Note! The bait mix must remain very light. By that we mean not wet and stodgy, otherwise it just won't explode instantly from the feeder when it hits the water as it should. Its the fine cloud of 'ground bait' that drives the fish in to a feeding frenzy.
As with any pellet style method, accurate casting is important so that you keep you feed in a fairly concentrated area. But don't stress about it, accurate casting comes with practice. Once you've cast out if you haven't had a bite within a couple of minutes then lift your rod tip to move the float a metre or so. This will make the pellet lift and as it falls again that's when the fish will often bite. Repeat the rod lift a couple of times and then reload the feeder and cast again.
Top Tips! If you don't get a bite at the 60cm depth then go a little deeper. Maybe by around 30cms at a time until you find the depth at which the fish are comfortable feeding.
Keep your feeder mix light and fluffy!