|Brand:||Premier Floats & Tackle|
This loaded float is a favourite for canals and shallow lakes. It is not fully loaded so some weight is still required on the line. The fine tip shows the shyest of bites. This float is a superb choice for when fishing 'on the drop’.
Finished in matt black with red tops.
Sizes: 2gr+4BB, 2gr+5BB & 2gr+6BB.
An extremely stable float for distance fishing in light wind conditions, suitable for depths from 3feet to 7 feet, the fine long antenna will allow you to read every ’shot drop’ as they descend though the water, giving perfect bite registration. This float is designed for fishing in lakes, canals, drains and very slow moving rivers, no shot should be allowed to drag the bottom , as the slightest touch may make the fine tip dip under. Most species like roach, chub, ide, carp and even tench will quite happily take a bait that is dropping through the water, especially when using loose feed, or ground bait that breaks up soon after hitting the surface. Remember that fish will come to investigate bait hitting the water, whether to the splash ground bait or the plopping of loose feed, so it won’t be long before fish are in the area.
A rod of 12ft. Or 13ft. With a flexible tip action is ideal, it will aid casting and pick up the line quickly when striking. Main lines should be from4 to 7lb depending on size of float and species of fish targeted, heavier lines may well inhibit casting distance.
On to the main line thread a silicone float adaptor along with two or three inches of very fine pole float silicone tubing, place your bulk shot onto this tubing and either side of the adaptor, with most of the bulk below. The tubing will protect your main line from shot damage, Plumb the depth so that you have around ½ inch of float tip showing, less would be better, it depends on what your comfortable with, do this without to much shot on the line as setting the float will be more positive. To get the best from these types of floats a ‘shirt button ‘ style of shotting is required, place No.8,s or No.9,s about 5-6 inches apart between the float the hook. All other shot should be placed under the float, this shotting pattern will give a slow steady fall of the bait through the whole depth. Once you’ve set the depth correctly mark it on the rod, then if you alter the depth for any reason you will always be able to return to the original, here’s a tip worth remembering, if you change your float for one 1 inch longer, you will need to reduce the depth by that amount, vice-versa for a shorter float.
FISHING THE LOADED ONION.
Feeding, as in most disciplines should be little and often, loose feed by catapult is fine providing you can reach the target area with ease, if using ground bait ensure it is mixed to a constituency that breaks up soon after impact, both will fall down through the swim slowly and enticingly, attracting the fish. Choose a float that will allow you to cast easily, if you have to force the cast, then you probably need to change the float to the next size up. Always cast in a straight line, aiming at a fixed point on the far bank, slow the line down over the last couple of yards, the line between float and hook will straighten out with the float landing lightly. When the water is fairly calm you can fish ‘on the drop’ and at full depth, but more often than not there will be wind, these conditions may dictate that you need to fish a few inches over depth. In some circumstances this can be an advantage so long as the hook bait is not moving to fast, quite often fish will readily take a slow moving bait in preference to a static one. If conditions get rougher, move three or four of the No.8’s down to around two feet above the hook, this will help stabilize both the float and the hook bait, all other shot should be pushed up to the bottom of the float, it mean you’ll only be fishing ’on the drop’ over the last two feet or so. This shotting set up can also be used at any time if your hook bait is being intercepted by small fish in the upper layers