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SWIM   FEEDERS
COARSE  FISHING  WITH  THE  ESSEX  ANGLER
Swim feeders are used as a way of depositing freebies and groundbait on the bottom of the water around the hookbait.They are used in place of a leger with the same rigs as you would use for legering.The most common rigs being a fixed paternoster or free running leger.
There are many varieties and styles ranging from round circular, oval shaped, mesh cage, and inline. Many of them allow you to be able to change the weight (normally a weighted strip along the outside of the feeder),according to the way you are fishing, the heavier the weight the further you will be able to cast.
Adjust the hooklength according to bite detections.If for example you are fishing for Bream, start with a tail of around 5 feet as Bream are very shy and a long hooklength will give them time to take the bait.If no bites are registering then shorten it approximately 6" at a time until they do.

When casting the feeder it is important to let the feeder sink to the bottom BEFORE closing the bail arm.This will allow you to pull the tail back over the feed.

Before winding in to re-cast, try " twitching " the bait by slowly dragging the feeder back three or four feet.As this will often encourage a fish into taking the bait.

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OPEN END FEEDERS
Like most feeders,they come in variuos sizes and weights.Basically a cylinder shape with holes in and open at both ends. Groundbait is packed into it and cast out.When the feeder hits the bottom the groundbait "explodes" out sending out the aromer of its contents.
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CLOSED / BLOCKEND FEEDERS
As the name suggests,much the same as the open end feeder but with caps on each end.Loose feed like maggots worm or casters are packed inside and closed by replacing the cap.When the feeder reaches the bottom of the water the contents either crawl out or washed out with the current.
NOTE: When using this feeder,attach your hook bait before filling the feeder otherwise if using maggots you will have them crawling out before you cast! also keep a short hooklength so the hookbait lays close to the feeder.
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METHOD FEEDERS
The method feeder is a frame-like feeder. The groundbait has to be a sticky mixture and is packed around the frame with the hookbait hidden amongst it.The fish nibble at the groundbait,and unwittingly take the hookbait hidden inside. Most suppliers stock a special groundbait mix for feeders. Add other offerings, like sweetcorn, pellets, dead maggots.Do not use live maggots as they will wriggle free and break down the texture of the groundbait causing it to break up.
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With the groundbait mixed and the tackle set up, start by introducing small golf ball sized balls of bait followed by the feeder with a similar-sized ball moulded on. The method can be a deadly attacking method designed to catch big weights of fish. For best results you must be positive and feed heavily.When casting the feeder,look for a permanent marker point,like a treeor a clump of reeds on the opposite bank. Anything thats not going to move,i.e. a car,or another angler. It needs to be fixed because thats going to be your "target" on each cast.Before reeling in to make your next cast,clip the line on the reel clip. This will ensure you cast to exactly the same spot each time,because as the line comes off the spool,it will stop at the clip making sure you are at the same distance as the previous cast, and because of your "marker" you are in the same spot as well.methodfeeder.jpg
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