Q&A How to shot a pole float & more
I’m confused by all the various sizes
HOW many shot do I need to make my pole floats settle?
James Milton, Lincoln
SHOTTING your pole floats correctly is vital, but getting the tip down to a pimple without sinking it can sometimes prove problematic.
We are all familiar with pole floats sizes such as 4x12 but what that actually equates to in actual shot often causes confusion.
Where to place your shot on the rig can also tax your patience. As a rule of thumb, shot should be strung out at regular intervals if you want to slow the fall of your hookbait down to catch fish at all depths.
If you want to get bites on the bottom, a bulk shot should be set around 2ft up from the hook, with a number of small dropper shot below to slow the fall of the hookbait when it comes close to the fish.
The tables (right) provide a solid guide as to what shot to place on the line when working with floats of various sizes.