Tommy Pickering’s plumbing tricks
IT’S probably the most important part of any pole or floatfishing day – finding the depth of your swim so you can set your rig correctly.
Get your plumbing slightly out and you’ll be too far overdepth or even underdepth, which will mean you’ll either get fewer bites or not spot them.
You’ll need a heavier plummet for deeper, towing or flowing water, and a lighter one for shallow, still venues and island shelves. Never rush the process – take time to get your depth spot-on and investigate the peg properly. Try to find nice flat areas to fish so that you know your rig is always on the bottom!
Here’s how to find dead depth…
A small plummet can make a big difference.
6 Hook the rig up on the top kit base and mark the line on the kit with Tipp-Ex to give yourself a reference point.
5 Perfect. Try to lower the plummet down so it stops with the entire bristle showing. This is dead depth.
This is too far underdepth. Although a bit of tip is showing, the line is stretched by the plummet weight.
Lower the rig carefully into a spot and feel the plummet touch down. This is too far overdepth.
2 Bring the line straight down and insert the hookpoint into the cork or foam layer on the base.
1 Take your hook through the main eye of the plummet, followed by a bit of your hooklength.