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feeder fishing for small carp

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#1 Guest_fish slime_*

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Posted 02 December 2001 - 11:43 PM

Hi all,im not a hige Carp Angler but i dont mind fishing for them.
Yesterday i went to Yeadon Tarn for a bit of feeder fishing.i was after some small carp which they have plenty of and withing 3 hours i had 5 mirrors max 2lb and 1 comon around 3lb,i lost a few early on when fishing with a maggot feeder with treble on the hook but then put 2 red worms on and they didnt half wrap round.
can you give me some tips on catching small carp on still waters in winter,thanx
fish slime
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Posted 03 December 2001 - 02:11 AM

Hi Fish Slime, I've had some success recently with a very large block-end feeder used in-line and stuffed full of white maggots.
For hookbait I used 8 white maggots on a size 10 hook.
I would have gone up a hooksize or two, but I have trouble with the maggots splitting because of the gauge (thickness) of the hook.

I take off the feeder connector and pass the mainline through the middle of the feeder.
I then thread on a rubber buffer bead and tie onto the hooklink swivel.
Even when the feeder is full of maggots the mainline can run freely through it.
(I even got the in-line feeder rig in the readers ideas section of IYCF about 7 years ago!)

A couple of minutes after casting out I give the handle of the reel half a turn to put the hookbait amongst the pile of freebies.

I've had some big Carp using this method and also some huge Roach!

Hope that helps.

All the best, Gaffer

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[This message has been edited by Gaffer (edited 02 December 2001).]