Fishing with a feeder

In many areas of life, details sometimes determine success. The same also applies to bottom line fishing with a feeder.
Fishing with a TV set is extremely simple and even novice anglers quickly become successful. However, if someone goes fishing with a TV set a little longer, usually begins to wonder, what to do, for even better results and (to wrap the fish even in unfavorable conditions. In fishing, just like in life, Often, mere details are decisive for successes. Imagine, for example, that we are fishing in some reservoir with very strong fishing pressure. The local fish are very careful and, as a rule, try to stay as far as possible from the shore. If we want to keep catching them anyway, we are left with nothing else, how to throw the right distance.

So there are two possibilities – or we'll opt for a heavier feeder, or we will wind a thinner line on the reel. Personally, I am inclined to the latter, a more sophisticated solution. After all, modern high-quality lines have such durability, that years ago we could only dream about it.

Bow tie and rear sight

If we want to take full advantage of all the advantages of fishing with a feeder in still water, we must try to throw as precisely as possible in the same place. Only then will the groundbait and fish concentrate on a relatively small area. Throwing the same distance and in the same direction every time is not that difficult. We do it something like this – while retrieving the rod, we target a characteristic point of reference on the opposite bank. Just like when aiming with a rifle, when you need to play a bow tie with a rear sight, set the rod on the other side of the tank before the next cast and throw it perfectly straight ahead. The direction will then always match. Only then will we keep the same distance, if after the first cast we clamp the line in a clip on the reel spool or tighten a rubber band on the spool.

After making the throw, tighten the line, so that we can easily notice bites on the slightly curved tip. Sharpening the rye is not such an easy activity, especially when we fish at very long distances.

Flooding the fishing line

After making a long throw, the line bulges in the air and then it hangs freely in the water. Normal line sinks in water very slowly and if it is still loose, we need to wind it a little on the reel, until the rod tip reaches the already established position.

The sinking of the fishing line is much faster, if the line itself sinks. Each line sinks in water if it is well degreased. So it is enough to pull it through a piece of sponge soaked in washing up liquid. We can also buy a sinking fishing line right away (for example Milo or Platil). The line will go underwater faster if, similar to fishing with a floating float, immediately after the cast, immerse the rod tip in the water and twist the handle a few times, sinking the line. However, we should do it sensitively, otherwise the groundbait will leak out of the feeder excessively. We turn the crank very slowly and try to keep a slight contact with the TV set sinking in the water. After the basket falls to the bottom, it is usually enough to put the stick on the supports laterally, that the line is stretched properly.

Sagging line

Fishing on a cold winter day in the canal is completely different. At this time of the year, the fish are very picky and eat very gently. Bites are poorly visible even on the most delicate tip. To remedy this, that is, it is better to perceive fine nicks, I suggest you the following trick. After casting the rod, do not stretch the line to the end, but we let it hang like that, that a slight bulge forms in the air. We do not take this bulge out of our sight any more. Bites are indicated by slight tension or movement of the hanging line. The loose line is the most sensitive of all the bite indicators I know. For every, even a slight movement of the line is reacted immediately, quite energetic.


When the water level in our river is very high after heavy rainfall, and therefore also a much faster current, most anglers get discouraged by the difficulties and give up fishing. And just then, after prolonged heat, the fish mostly feed like crazy and take on anything, what only flows in front of their mouths. If we want to be successful also in high water, we have to deal with the rushing tide first. For us, anglers fishing from the ground with a feeder feeder, it only means one thing – we have to use a loaded TV. If the water current is strong enough, that even the use of the heaviest model of the bait feeder does not bring the desired effect and the TV set is still carried away by the current, there is only one option left for us – additional load on the basket with a lead tape.

At this point, however, there is a risk of overloading the line and the stick – at some point the basket will fly so far after a loud shot of the line, until it disappears from our sight. Or – and it's an even worse alternative – after the next throw, we will hear a click and we will have one part of the stick in our hands, while the other one will slide down the line into the water. We can easily prevent both of these "accidents at work". It would be enough to, that we will use a few laws of physics and fish with a relatively light feeder. It works like this: after taking the throw, we allow, actually too light for such a strong water current, the basket is free to fall.

Line released

We observe the line, which comes off the reel spool very quickly after the basket falls into the water. The moment of dropping the basket to the bottom is visible as a short "stop" in the line leaving the reel. At this point, not only do we not close the bail and tighten the line, but we do just the opposite – we make a kind of side cut with the bail open, and thus we "throw" even more line from the reel. Only then do we close the bail and put the rod as straight as possible on the supports. The water stream will take care of it itself, so that the line between the tip of the stick and the basket lying at the bottom forms a large bulge. And although there is more fishing line in the water now, than if it was taut, the pressure of the water current is much smaller. I suppose, that with a loose line, the water current presses mainly on the central part of the bulge, while when the line is taut, it affects it along its entire length. A good physicist would surely explain it better, although this does not change the fact, that this method works well in practice and the rod tip reacts with vibrations even to the most delicate bites of fish.

Pulling up the kit

Example: at first the fish were eating quite well, after a while, however, the bites ended as he was cut off with a knife. Total bezrybie! Changing the bait or intensive feeding does not help. What to do? Change places?
Fortunately, there is no such need, because when fishing with a feeder we can use a trick. Sudden movement of the bait combined with the increased smudging of the feed from the feeder can provoke even the most anemic fish to bites. If there are no bites for a while after throwing the set, we take the handle, we make two, three turns and pull the bait and the basket a little bit towards you. The rod should rest on the spikes at this time.
But be careful! All the time and a moment later, let's keep the other hand on the rod. It happens very often, that after pulling up the set, the bite takes place right after the crank is finished or even during this operation. If we don't take it right away, Repeat the pull-up maneuver every few minutes, until we take the bait out of the baited area. These examples are perhaps the best proof of this, that there is more to bottom fishing with a feeder, as some mischievous call it, mindlessly throwing the bait into the water, but an art full of sophistication and tricks.
Tym fortel, constantly thinking by the water, Experienced feeder fishermen owe their successes.

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