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Float Fishing For Coarse Fish

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A still water basic float fishing setup

This basic still or slow moving water float fishing setup will catch most types of coarse fish including Carp, Chub, tench, roach, rudd etc.

For this setup you will need:


         1. A straight or insert waggler (2BB+ to 2AAA+ depending on distance required).

         2. A selection of split shot BB or AAA no4 and dust or no8.

         3. Mainline for the reel of between 3lb & 6lb.

         4. Hook (size 18 - 10 depending on bait and species).

         5. A plummet. 


Select your float and pass the mainline though the eye and slide it up the line (about three feet for now).

If your using an unloaded 2BB+ float then place one BB split shot either side of the float, thats your bulk shot you can replace the BB split shot hook side of your float with a no4 shot, this will give you more options with the dropper shot (if your using a different weight float use the split shot size recommended on the float).

Place the line in the slot of the split shot and squeeze it gently between your finger and thumb onto the line (if you squeeze too hard you will damage the line).

Next attach your chosen hook to the end of your line with a blood knot, remember to moisten the knot before tightening.

Now we need to find the depth, attach the plummet to the hook and cast past the area you wish to fish.

Pull the float back towards you, stopping at the area you will be fishing. Play out some line so it lays slack on the water surface:


          1. If your float is not visible then you need to slide your float away from your hook.

          2. If your float is visible then you need to slide your float towards your hook.


The ideal amount of float showing is personal, but in calm conditions should be no more than one to one and a half inches See image.


Ok you now know when your float sits at this height in the water, without the plummet on, your hook is just on the bottom.

Next add some dust or no8 shot, see image, this shotting pattern will cause the line and hook to sink relatively slowly though the water, make sure you space them evenly at about ten to twelve inches apart. If you replaced one of the BBs with a no4 you should add another no4 shot or combination of shots above the two dropper shot to get your float sitting correctly, again spaced evenly. This is useful when fishing deeper water because it allows you more options in spreading your shot along the length to create an even drop. This set up will catch fish at all depths and is also useful in finding where the better fish are feeding.


If you are getting pestered by small fish on the drop and you are after the larger fish feeding on the bottom, change the shotting pattern slightly by moving the bottom two shot closer to the hook, this will make the line and hook sink quicker and get your bait to the bottom intact (see image).

Never be affraid to try the dropper split shots at different depths until you find where the fish are feeding.


That concludes the basic rig setup for now, i will be adding to this section in the future.

If in the mean time you need more information ask a question and i will be pleased to help

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