10 March, 2020 |0 Comments
Rob Wootton: Your Feeder Fishing Questions Answered
We recently offered our Facebook fans the chance to grill England Feeder Team match ace, Rob Wootton with their feeder fishing questions. Rob was inundated with queries ranging from ‘how long should I keep the feeder out for’ to ‘what groundbait mix should I use when targeting bream’. Here’s the anglers questions Rob picked to answer…
Q: Pete Morley – When distance feeder fishing what’s the optimum drop between the rod tip and the feeder before you cast out
Q: Stephanie Marie Ellis – If your swim starts fizzing while feeder fishing what would be your options; would you start a new line or reduce the amount of feed you put in for a few casts?
Q: Gary Marjoram – What non-fishmeal groundbait would you opt for when fishing for skimmers?
Q: Robert Jordan – How long should my hooklength be when river fishing for barbel?
Q: Freddie Holding – Do you always put particles in your feeder when fishing for skimmers and roach, if so how much should I add?
Rob Wootton said: “This is really interesting as it depends on the venue and particular situation. First of all I like to use a groundbait that will help hold fish in the swim without using loads of loose feed.
My mix usually revolves around Frenzied Hempseed Match Black and Dynamite Brown Crumb mixed 50:50 if I’m targeting solely roach. If there are loads of fish present and it’s case of targeting the bigger roach then I’d mix the groundbait on the damp side so that it becomes quite inactive, almost like a play dough. This ‘dead’ mix goes to the bottom and without loads of particles drifting about the swim the small fish soon lose interest.
Tailoring the amount of grub I put through the feeder is done as the day progresses, I never add all my loosefeed at the start as I want to try different things throughout the day. For instance if I was catching small roach and wanted to increase the stamp I might include a bit of chopped worm for a few casts and see how the fish react.
Likewise if I wanted to just get a few fish in the swim then I could start to add some maggots and cast more frequently. I do these adjustments as the day goes on by using a small ‘working tub’ on my sidetray with a small amount of my mix in and I then keep the bulk of my groundbait in a bucket behind me. Doing things this way means I can be far more proactive with how I fish and feed the swim.”