34lb Win On Close-Range Feeder Tactics

England ace Steve Hemingray won Round One of the Meadowlands Silverfish League at the weekend with a fine 34lb catch of skimmers.


On a day that saw the entire country hit hard by gale-force winds, the former European Champion opted for close-range feeder tactics to amass the winning bag. In fact, he used his wits and underarmed a feeder onto what would normally be his pole line!

“I used a 10ft Ultralight Bomb as I only fished around 14 metres out,” Steve explained. “I used 5lb Specimen Plus main line, a 0.10mm Double Strength hooklength and a size 16 Kamasan B911 F1 hook.

“Most of the fish were caught with double dead red maggots with groundbait, micro pellets and dead reds in the feeder.”

The Matchpro Ultralight Bomb & Feeder is a multi-length rod that can be fished at either 10ft or 11ft. It comes with two sensitive top sections with spliced-in 3/4oz and 1oz tips. The soft, forgiving action will easily cushion light hooklengths, which makes it ideal for bream and skimmers.