Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Tactics -

Pel­let wag­glers come in loaded, or non-loaded ver­sions, and both have ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages. Loaded wag­glers are more stream­lined and cast fur­ther and straighter than non-loaded types. They also only re­quire a cou­ple of small lock­ing shot or, even bet­ter, a cou­ple of rub­ber float stops ei­ther side of the float. The main dis­ad­van­tage is that loaded floats tend to dive deeply when they hit the wa­ter – not ideal when the fish you’re try­ing to catch may only be 18 inches be­low the sur­face. Un­loaded wag­glers don’t cast quite as well with a string of big shot locked round their base, but don’t dive as deep. Some clever tackle com­pa­nies have de­signed pel­let wag­glers with discs at the base of the float – like Middy’s Carp Pel­let Pop­per (pic­tured left) – de­signed to make a noise on en­try, and stop it div­ing too deep. Oth­ers have bul­bous sight tips or spe­cially shaped spi­ral stems to do the same job.

1. Loaded wag­gler 2. Un­loaded with float adap­tor 3. Use fine sil­i­cone tub­ing to pro­tect reel line when nip­ping on shot

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