Tommy Pick­er­ing’s plumb­ing tricks

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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.

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