FISH THE SLIDER LIKE JOHN WIL­SON

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THIS tac­tic can be deadly on deep lakes and rivers when the depth is greater than the length of your rod.

Slider float rigs work like this – the large wag­gler float is at­tached to the line us­ing a swivel float adap­tor that al­lows the float to slide along the main­line. Be­low the float is all the shot re­quired to cock the float.

Above the float is a stop knot that stops the float go­ing too far up the line. The po­si­tion of the stop knot above the float will de­pend upon the depth. Ba­si­cally, it’s a case of at­tach­ing a plum­met to the hook, slid­ing the stop knot along the line, guess­ing the depth and cast­ing the rig.

Keep mov­ing the knot up un­til the float ap­pears af­ter cast­ing out.

Th­ese floats are at­tached bot­tom end only like a wag­gler, with a swivel eye for the line to run freely through, so the float can ‘slide’ up to the depth set by the stop knot. They are large floats of 6-20g. The hook­bait, a worm cock­tail, is typ­i­cally an­chored overdepth ready for a qual­ity fish to find it. Use a size 12 or 14 hook and a hook­length of around 4lb where de­cent bream are in­volved. STOP KNOT A slid­ing stop knot is tied on above the float on the main line, us­ing a sep­a­rate piece of line. The line slides through the float and stops against the knot at the depth re­quired once it has been plumbed up. SLIDER FLOAT OVERDEPTH SHOT­TING PAT­TERN The float stops at the bot­tom end on top of a large bulk of big shot such as AAA or even SSG, a few feet above the hook. It rests on top of this when cast­ing. Place a few large drop­pers be­neath it.

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