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THE Mick Wilkin­son Cookie has for years been my favourite float for shal­low fish­ing on the long pole for F1s and carp.

It’s a short float with a dib­ber­style tip and thick wire stem. This stem is vi­tal for shal­low fish­ing as it makes the float sit up as soon as it hits the wa­ter so that I’m fish­ing im­me­di­ately. It’s at its best fished any­thing from 8ins to 18ins deep.

My set-up de­pends on size of fish and where I’m fish­ing. If I’m tar­get­ing carp and F1s from 1lb-6lb, I will use 0.15mm Guru N-Gauge main­line to a 4ins hook­length of 0.11mm.

Hook is a size 18 Guru LWG eyed with a mi­cro bait band for pel­lets.

I kick off with a lightly strung bulk with the bot­tom shot 5ins from the hook and the rest spaced at 1ins in­ter­vals above this. How­ever, if I am miss­ing bites I will bulk the shot to­gether 4ins from the hook. If I want to fish very shal­low I will bulk all the shot un­der the float.

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