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...

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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.

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