Premier Clear Waggler.
This popular float is a super all-rounder. The float is at home in lakes or rivers. Made from a 5mm internal diameter tube this range is available in popular BB sizes and remains one of the pleasure anglers most used patterns.
Finished with a red fluorescent top.
Sizes: 2BB, 3BB, 4BB, 5BB, & 6BB.
A rod of 12ft. Or 13ft. With a flexible tip action is ideal, it will aid casting and pick up line quickly when striking. Main lines should be from 3 to 5lbs., depending on size of float and species of fish being targeted, heavier lines may well inhibit easy casting.
On the main line thread a silicone float adaptor along with two or three inches of very fine 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, it will also make altering the depth much easier. If the float of your choice does not carry enough shot to lock the float and put down the line, then use silicone float stops, putting one above the float and two below. Plumb the depth so that you have ½ inch of float tip showing, less would be better, it depends on what your comfortable with, do this without to much bulk shot on the line as setting the float depth will be more positive. To get the best from these floats place around 5 No. 8 on the line, depending on size of float used. If you spread these shot out ‘shirt button’ style this will give you a steady fall of the bait throughout the whole depth. If you require a slower fall then space the shot further apart and push the shot not required up to the bulk at the bottom of the float. On the other hand if you want a faster fall through the water, then place the shot closer together and move them down the line. Don’t forget to have dropper shot 4to 9 inches from the hook, this can be a No 8,9 or 10 shot, the closer the dropper is to the hook the more positive the bite.
FISHING THE WAGGLER.
Most species of fish like rudd, roach, chubb, ide, carp and even tench will quite readily take a bait that is dropping through the water. Feeding is probably the most important aspect in obtaining a good bag of fish, little, often and accurately is the key, it keeps the fish in the swim and hunting for your bait. Chucking in great handfuls and leaving for an hour or so is really bad practice. Loose feeding by hand or catapult is fine, providing that you can reach the target area with ease, if using ground bait ensure it is mixed to a constituency that breaks up on or soon after impact, both will fall slowly and enticingly, attracting the fish. Fishing the waggler is easier in calm or with the wind coming from behind, more often than not there will be some wind and tow, especially on stillwaters. these conditions may dictate that you need to fish a few inches over depth, this will help slow the float and bait down. If the tow is strong, reduce some of the bulk shot, this in turn will increase the tip buoyancy and stop the float dipping under.
FISHING HARD ON THE BOTTOM.
Usually referred to as ‘laying on’ and is one of the most effective ways of targeting bigger fish, hook sizes can be larger, as can the bait. You will not be fishing to far out, therefore most feeding can be done accurately by hand. Plumb the depth and set the float 6inches over depth, decide on the amount of shot required to anchor the bait on the bottom and place this around 6inches from the hook, any excess shot should be placed around the base of the float. Putting on a number of smaller shot spaced out over an inch rather than one large shot will give more positive bites, fish will soon drop the bait if they feel the heavier weight. You will soon see if fish are around, as the float will move around, strike only when the float moves off. Don’t forget to feed little and often.