Match Fishing’s Joe Carass takes a look at a new feeder range from MAP that is one of the most versatile on the market.
As regular readers of this magazine will know, we are huge fans of what the lads at MAP are doing. They keep coming up with clever and innovative products that are a little bit different from the norm. All of these products aim to solve a problem that exists in the world of match fishing.
The latest MAP products to hit the Match Fishing office are Quick Change feeders. With venues now insisting on inline feeders of one sort or another it has become a pain to swap and change feeders on rods that you set up at home. And this is where the MAP boffins come in, with their clever design process.
The feeders themselves are based around an inline tube system. This, along with a tail rubber, is threaded onto the line and is left on there permanently. There is a slot along the bottom of the feeders, which are then placed over your main line and then slid down over the tube and secured in place. This is a very neat, versatile and simple system, and I can’t help but wonder why nobody has done it before!
As far as the feeders go, there are three different versions, all in three different sizes and several different weights. The first is a nifty little pellet feeder, which features a nice recess at the front that allows the pellets to be compressed nicely into it. These are then pressed against a rear wall that only allows the bait to spill out one way and then surround your hook bait. I must admit the smallest size looks lovely for cold-water commercials where minimal bait is needed.
The next two feeder designs are a cage feeder and a more standard open-ended version that has no holes in it whatsoever. These are general, all-purpose feeders that will cover a variety of situations where an inline feeder will be better than a standard paternoster-style rig. This is particularly effective when you want to fish short hooklengths of up to 12 inches as the inline system gives you a bolt-rig setup. One thing that I particularly like is the length of the tubes. In my experience having a longish stem really does help your casting and makes the feeder fly as straight as an arrow.
The only criticism I have about the range is that it is crying out for a Method feeder that works with the tube system. This would then make it the most versatile system on the market and you could have all of your rods set up with just a tube and then select the correct feeder on the day. However I did speak to MAP and they told me that there is going to be a Method feeder added to the range at a later date, which is great news.
All in all I really like this range of feeders, and they make setting up and choosing the right feeder for any situation easy. They are a great price too, which will appeal to a lot of anglers, so make sure you check them out.