Float­fish­ing leg­end John Aller­ton ex­clu­sively un­veils how to use his in­no­va­tive new wag­glers

Angling Times (UK) - - FRONT PAGE -

PEL­LET wag­gler fish­ing has be­come more and more re­fined.

The days of throw­ing in great big splasher floats are long gone for most, as the fish are well aware of what they are, and even some cigar-shaped floats are start­ing to be­come less ef­fec­tive.

For a num­ber of years now I’ve been us­ing clear wag­glers al­most ex­clu­sively for carp. This goes back to my days on the Rivers Trent, Witham and Calder.

I’ve al­ways be­lieved that a clear float of­fers a real ad­van­tage, es­pe­cially when fish­ing shal­low swims. I can re­mem­ber how much of a dif­fer­ence they made fish­ing for chub on the Witham, for ex­am­ple. Fish­ing for carp and F1s in the top few feet of wa­ter is no dif­fer­ent, in that any way you can dis­guise the float is bound to be an ad­van­tage.

In the early days of com­mer­cials you could chuck just about any­thing out and catch, but carp have been caught so of­ten now that they are wise to a lot of floats.

The only prob­lem has been how far these more sen­si­tive wag­glers dive un­der the wa­ter, even when feath­ered down on the cast.

A slim tra­di­tional wag­gler has al­ways had a ten­dency to go 2ft or more un­der the wa­ter be­fore pop­ping back up. When you could get a bite in­stantly from a fish from just 6ins to 3ft down, this is far from ideal! An­glers have added discs and made wide tops to stop floats div­ing, but at a cost of adding un­nec­es­sary weight to the float.

I knew there was another an­swer so I be­gan play­ing with tubes and holes in my wag­glers and set­tled on the Carp Catcher. The float tip is in­serted into the open tube of the main body, with a hole in the side to let air es­cape. When it en­ters the wa­ter, air push­ing out of the hole holds the float up as bub­bles emerge from the body.


I’ll usu­ally feed a few pel­lets, then cast my float straight over the top when fish­ing the wag­gler shal­low like this. Don’t sink the line or you’ll ruin your chances of get­ting a bite in that prime time when the float lands and the pel­let falls!

Leave it on the sur­face, and if you don’t get a bite after, say, 20 sec­onds, try feed­ing again and reel­ing it back a few turns.

A depth of around 3ft is a good start­ing point, but if you’re miss­ing bites come up a bit.

For a typ­i­cal ses­sion I start at a com­fort­able dis­tance with one of my lighter wag­glers, 3g or 4g.

As the ses­sion goes on I of­ten clip this off and re­place it with a heav­ier 5g or 6g wag­gler, to fol­low the fish as they back off out into the lake a bit. Be­cause these are quite sen­si­tive floats you can leave an inch of the top show­ing so you can see them bet­ter.

Another carp falls to John’s new wag­glers.

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