One of the most common ledger weights is formally known as the Arlesley Bomb, and commonly called the bomb. This weight has a teardrop shape, with a rounded bottom that tapers upward into a narrow head. The top has a swivel, or small loop, to attach it to the fishing line. These weights range from 0.25 ounce to several ounces.
Maggot feeders, also known as blockend swimfeeders, are a type of weight with a small plastic container attached for holding maggots. Maggot feeders are shaped like small barrels, with a rounded top that opens with a hinge. The small cage has a series of holes through which maggots squirm out near to further attract fish to your hook. The feeder's top has a small loop to attach to your line.
Open End Feeder
Like the maggot feeder, the swimfeeder also features a small container with a series of holes. Unlike the maggot feeder, the open end swimfeeder does not have a hinged top but instead features open ends. Its tube=shaped container needs to be packed with groundbait, or a thick, mashed bait, for the bait to stay inside the tube during casting. You can mix maggots, corn or other bait with the groundbait for a more alluring bait. The top of the feeder includes a small loop or swivel to attach to your line.
Another type of tube-shaped feeder is the cage feeder. It differs from the open end feeder in its construction. Instead of a series of holes in the plastic container, the container is made of a plastic grid that resembles a cage. It, too, features a small loop or swivel to attach to your line. Groundbait is also ideal for the cage feeder as its open construction allows a lot of bait to seep out into the water and further attract your catch.
Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.