The feeder can be a brilliant method when the fish are feeding confidently on the bottom but in winter the fish can often be found sitting in a warmer layer of water off the bottom and no matter how you fish the feeder the fish simply refuse to get their head down and feed.

So what’s the answer? Well Mark Pollard thinks that swapping the feeder for a straight lead and using bread on the hook can transform an empty peg to a productive one.