Spring method

Published by: Dawid Beczek

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April 5, 2018

Spring method

Spring, every angler’s favorite season, is finally here after the winter off-season. The days are getting longer, the ice covering reservoirs is melting and everything is starting to turn green. The conditions are perfect for those who can’t wait to get back to fishing. There are lots of ways to spend your free time on the water. However, if you want to go up against some beautiful fish as soon as possible, I recommend choosing the method feeder.


Spring, every angler’s favorite season, is finally here after the winter off-season. The days are getting longer, the ice covering reservoirs is melting and everything is starting to turn green. The conditions are perfect for those who can’t wait to get back to fishing. There are lots of ways to spend your free time on the water. However, if you want to go up against some beautiful fish as soon as possible, I recommend choosing the method feeder.


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Choosing the perfect spot is a crucial part of a successful fishing trip. In spring fish tend to gather in the shallow parts of reservoirs, where they can catch the most sun. Remember, you should be very quiet in such places and try to refrain from using heavy feeders.

The water temperature typically stays quite low in the first stage of spring, which means the fish won’t be feeding too much. You should therefore limit the amount of groundbait you use and choose fat, dark pellets. It’s also important that you pick the right size feeder. It should be quite small, as there is no need to put a lot of feed in the fishery in this period. Size S should be perfect for the beginning of the season. Due to the fact that fish are poikilothermic, many species of fish don’t start intense feeding until after the water warms up – their organisms reach optimum function above 10℃. This is especially true for fish that prefer warmer temperatures, such as carp and grass carp.

 

 

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Good, reliable tackle is the foundation of any fishing trip. There are many bottom fishing tackle options available on the market. Most anglers look for a options that are both budget-friendly and high-quality – and that is exactly what Mikado has to offer. Anyone can find something that will improve their fishing experience in the Mikado catalogue. I have some rod recommendations that work especially well for method feeder fishing – X-Plode Method Feeder and the legendary Ultraviolet. These rods are made with perfect precision and they are ideal for medium and large fish. They have quick action and they don’t weigh much, which makes the haul very pleasant. The design is beautiful and far superior compared to other brands.

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You need a good reel to complete your set. It should be strong and durable. When using method feeder you should always be prepared to haul a fish over 10 kilograms, which is why it’s a good idea to pick a reel that can handle that kind of pressure – at least size 3000fd. You should also check the drag system – it’s critical that it works smoothly, especially if you’re hauling a grass carp as they often try to make a run for it. If your drag system is bad of too tight this can result in you losing your catch. My favourite reels are Mikado Extend and Mikado Ultraviolet Method Feeder, which is new this season. Both meet all of my expectations and, as a bonus, have a round clip which prevents the line from fraying.

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If you want to do well on the spring fisheries you will need high-quality hooks. They are another crucial element and you should make sure that they are not made with flimsy wire that will bend on the first big fish. What you need is a thicker diameter and good durability, especially if you’re using pellet, protein balls or dumbells as bait. Ready-made method leaders are an easy and, frankly, genius solution. Mikado offers a wide range of these leaders and you can choose from different setups depending on your lure – rubber, pushstop or hair. It makes changing the lure a breeze.

 

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I personally recommend using smaller hooks in spring. Size 10 should be enough, even if you’re up against a big carp or grass carp. The choice between braided line and monofilament is hard and depends on personal preference. I choose monofilament leaders in spring, as the water is usually clean and clear.

I hope my advice and observations help you start the feeder fishing season with a bang and outsmart some beautiful fish. Be patient, you can’t always get immediate results.

Best regards and see you on the water!!!

Dawid Beczek

Mikado Fishing Team

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