Hook lengths for feeder fishing
Hook lengths for feeder fishing are some of the longest hook links used in coarse fishing. Bream and Roach in particular are the target species as they respond better to a bait presented on a long hooklength.
Tying a feeder fishing hooklength
Spade end hooks, baited with a natural bait are the usual tactic with this style of fishing. Begin by tying a spade end hook onto the hook link line. Our article called How to tie a spade end hook by hand covers how to do this in detail.
The typical length of a hook link, at least at the start of a days feeder fishing, is 24 inches. Measure 24” of line from the hook and double it over at that point. Tie a figure-of-eight loop to create the two foot hook link. Pull everything tight and cut off the tail end to finish.
Storing long hook lengths
Long hook links can be stored either on a foam spool or doubled up in a hook length case. Hooklengths are wound onto a foam spool with one connected to the next, all held in place with a pin through the end loop. Stored in this way, the hook links don’t all need to be exact same length, half an inch either way makes no difference.
To ensure a good fit in a hook link case. Take the line from one peg, around and back again to loop around a second peg to set the length. Lift the loop directly off the peg and tie a figure-of-eight loop. Measured in this way, all the hook links will be identical and fit in the case.
Why long hook lengths feeder fishing
Long hook lengths are beneficial when feeder fishing with plastic, cage or rocket feeders for Bream, skimmers and roach. These species are often cautious feeders and frequently rejected the bait long before the fish can be hooked.
On natural venues, natural hook baits of maggots, casters, worms and bread work well when the fish are allowed time to commit to taking the bait. A longer hook length gives these cautious fish the room to move and time to feel safe in eating the bait.
Spade end hooks are usually preferred for directly hooking of natural baits. Hook size is matched to the size of hook bait. Large hooks, perhaps a size 12, for worm, bread or bunches of maggots. Small micro barbed hooks, perhaps a 20, for casters, single maggots or small worms.
Hook link line
Personally I like to use high tech monofilament line for my hook link material. High tech lines have good knot strength, low diameter and are strong. Line diameters of 0.10mm (3lb) to 0.15mm (6lb) will cover most circumstances. For fish safety, the hook link should always be tied in a lower breaking strain line than the main line.
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