Specialist floats explained
The float is the most adaptable of all bite indicators which can be used for a range of specialist duties. Here’s just a few...
OVER the last couple of months we have looked at the most common types of wagglers and pole floats available which will cover the majority of situations. But every now and again you’ll be faced with a scenario that requires the use of a specialist float. For example fishing in deep water or presenting a floating hookbait on a lake’s surface for carp. So, this month we will look at some of the more obscure looking floats you might find in your local tackle shop and explain when and why you might need to use one..
Due to the aerodynamic shape of this particular type of surface controller float, it is excellent for casting long distances. It also produces a better bolt effect than a standard controller float. Surface missiles have the line threaded through the centre of the float and they are then semi-fixed in place by pushing the hooklink swivel into the base of the float.
These unusual floats, sometimes called ‘lollipops’ are used when a river is carrying a lot of extra pace when a normal round-bodied float won’t hold the bait still enough or present it sufficiently to get a bite. They are available from 1g to 50g models but 5g to 6g should tackle most UK rivers. The idea is to slightly overshot the float so that when it’s held back, the float’s body will not rise out of the water.
Locslide can be wagglers fished in conjunction were designed with for a deep feeder swims or bomb. of over The 8ft key and feature is the U-shaped locking device at the base that enables the float to move up your mainline and find the correct depth. Cast and leave your line slack until the float pops up on the surface. Keeping the tip of your rod under water, slowly reel in line to set the float. If you then keep your line tight and reel in, the float will remain fixed on the line at the depth of the swim.
These extremely buoyant floats are able to support large baits such as a whole lobworm. Generally made from cork and cane materials.
Casting large deadbaits can put your tackle under considerable pressure, so you need a float that will withstand the rigours of a day’s deadbait fishing. The loaded vaned version shown here casts well so is perfect for fishing at range. The vanes also make it highly visible and enable the float to drift so you cover a larger area.
Designed for catching species such as F1s in the upper layers of the water on the pole. Unlike most pole floats, the mainline passes through the centre of the float and there is a bulk of shot on the hooklength. By lifting and dropping your pole you can move your hookbait up and down in the water while the float remains in position.