FISH THE SLIDER LIKE JOHN WILSON
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.