FOR pole work, my number one float choice is my own design DH12 in sizes from 2g to 6g. It’s a great float for slowing the hookbait down and even stopping completely in a slow flow.
Shotting for this rig is really simple. All I do is position an olivette and tuning shot 35cm to 40cm from the hook and then just fish a ‘loose’ hooklength with no shot on it.
I make the rigs up on 6m-8m of 0.20mm rig line so that I can use them for long lining on an elasticated whip or short lining with a take-apart pole. Then it’s just a case of using a hooklength to suit the hook type and size of the fish.
For running line approaches, I use one of my own DH No2 Bolo floats in sizes from 3g to 6g, shotted in exactly the same way as the pole rig. By slowing the rig down and inching it through the swim you can cover a lot of water, and it’s a great approach to try later in a session if the fish have backed off after seeing their mates captured earlier.
My favourite hooks for big perch are Drennan Wide Gape or Carbon Feeder.
DH12 for pole.
No2 Bolo for running line.