Originally Posted by peter crabtree
What did the 1969 version look like?
This type of feeder consisted of a spiral of wire (from a coat hanger) around a bomb shaped lead. above this, about 5 to 6 inches was tied a swivel and then a paternoster hook link which was about 6 inches long. About 10 inches above that was another small swivel and another paternoster link about 4 to 5 inches long.
The feed was cooked maize which was then fed through a meat mincer. The resulting mix was than moulded around the spiral of wire and lead. Finally the hook from the bottom paternoster link was embedded into the minced maize feed.
Hookbait was cooked maize or even sweetcorn on a size 4 or 6 incurved (bent) hook. The whole set up was capable of being cast a considerable distance, certainly over 100 yards in those times.
The whole set up was designed so that the fish would hook itself. The rod was placed into two rests and a dough bobbin was squeezed on the line beyond the rod tip. This did two things, it acted like a swinger on a modern rod set up, and it helped pin the line as close as possible to the bottom, very similar to what the back lead does today.
I hope this answers your question.
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Originally Posted by blounty65
i pull the line in by hand to move the feeder across the bed about 2 inches normally gets a bite for me
This business of twitching the feeder is interesting. I was doing this the other day and a 6 pound male tench pulled back very hard!
The well known early specimen hunter and big tench catcher of the 60s - Frank Guttfield developed twitching a bait to a fine art, especially for tench.
How many of you also twitch your baits?