Method Feeder Carp Fishing Rig & Set Up

Method Feeder Rig | Carp Fishing | Set Up & Tips

Method feeder carp fishing is something I do not see as often as I once used to. It has and always will be a devastating tactic when fishing for carp, especially highly stocked lakes. I caught my first 20lb carp using the method feeder, back when I was 11 years old. The method feeder set up has fallen in its popularity, due to carp anglers turning to other fishing methods like the solid bag rig. This article covers the method feeder set up and why you should give it a go.

Method Feeder Advantages

There are a few advantages to using the method feeder set up, instead of other carp rigs like the solid bag rig:

  1. When using a PVA bag set up you are limited to the bait that you can use. You cannot use water based ingredients as you will simply melt the PVA. This is not a problem when using the method feeder set up and you can use a very attractive water based method mix that pulls carp down onto your spot.
  2. Cost effective. If you are fishing a runs water then you will likely be catching a lot of carp and casting frequently. With the method feeder set up you simply mold your chosen method mix around your lead. This means you do not have to use a PVA bag every time you cast out, which can get costly.
  3. The method feeder carp rig is very quick and easy to set up. When carp fishing you want to get your rig out into the lake as quick as possible after catching one; with the method feeder set up all you need to do is mold some more method mix around your rig and you are away in seconds!

Method Feeder Rigs

I like to use short method feeder rigs. From a rig mechanics standpoint I do prefer short rigs for the majority of my carp fishing. In my opinion a short carp rig is a better hooker (especially on concentrated patches of bait), this is because the carp does not have to move far before it feels the weight of the lead and is nailed.

method feeder rigA method feeder rig being short is even more important, for two main reasons:

1) The method mix is concentrated around the weight. I want my hookbait as near to this area as possible. With an ultra long rig it can be easy for the carp to miss your hookbait when they are concentrated on the patch of bait.

2) When carp fishing over tight patches of bait I usually always prefer to use a short rig. In this baiting scenario the carp are not moving far between the baits and instead will be feeding on the same spot. When carp are not moving much I don’t like using long carp rigs as they are ejected easily, whereas a short rig will more often hook them more instantly. Long rigs do have their place, I will usually use them when fishing a wide spread of boilies an over soft lake beds.

Method Feeder Rig Material

For my method feeder rigs I like to use a supple material, usually braid. A supple rig is a big help when fishing on the method feeder as it is very versatile. With a stiffer rig you will have trouble trying to position your hookbait within the feeder, whereas with a supple braid rig you will be able to with ease. With an inline method feeder set up I also feel that a supple rig gives far better presentation and won’t be sitting funny.

Method Feeder Mixes

The list of method feeder mixes is endless, you can use anything as long as it can be molded around our lead. The most simply yet effective method mix I have used is mashed up pellet and oil. Simple take a bowl of pellet and add in some water. Leave the water to soak in an then I add some salmon oil and corn. This is a simple yet very effective method mix that is very attractive to carp.

The great thing about using the method feeder is that you can play about with different method mixes and different hookbaits. Some baits to try are:

  • Vitalin
  • Hemp
  • Corn/Maize
  • Groundbait
  • Pellet
  • Breadcrumb
  • Maggot

Method feeder Tips

  1. Use a bright hookbait. Using a highly visual hookbait can always be a great tactic, but it is especially effective when using the method feeder. With a bright hookbait your bait can sometimes be the first to be taken, whereas with a standard hookbait the carp can easily disregard it.
  2. Use a balanced hookbait. A hookbait that is semi buoyant will rise up through the method mix and will be more easily visible to the carp. Furthermore when a carp sucks at the method feeder your hookbait should fly into the carp’s mouth as it is so light-weight.
  3. Fire out a couple of baits on the stop before casting out your method feeder. Doing this will temporarily move any carp off of your spot, meaning they won’t be spooked when your method feeder makes impact with the water.
  4. Fire out balls of your method mix. When carp fishing using the method feeder I will usually make up a few balls with the method mix and fire into the general area. This tactic gets the carp into a feeding frenzy and used to finding small patches of your bait.
  5. Use an oily method mix. An oily method mix is very advantageous as it will draw carp that are in the upper layers down onto your spot. Another big bonus is that when carp are feeding on your method mix they will cause an oil slick on the surface of the lake, this means you will know when a carp is feeding hard on the method feeder and that you should be ready for a take!
  6. When method feeder fishing I recommend to sit on your hands. You will usually get many line bites, this is the carp aggressively feeding and nudging your method feeder. Wait until you get a proper run before you lift your rod.
  7. When putting your hookbait inside the feeder I recommend using a single sided feeder. Single sided feeders are method feeders that have a lead weight positioned on only one side of the feeder, this means it will land the same way up every time. The last thing you want is to use a regularly feeder and have your hook bait buried underneath.