Float Fishing – The Float

wagglers, standard floats

A variety of floats

Being an avid float angler today I decided that we shall have a look at the variety of floats and techniques we can put to test when float fishing. Eventually during the course of these articles we will go into detail of each technique one by one.

First some history of how float fishing is thought to have come to be.  It is not known with certainty the origin of the much revered float but it is believed that in the old days, pieces of twigs, bird feather quills and even leaves rolled into balls might have been used as floats.  Eventually the float started to be carved out of cork, by means of a hole drilled right through the cork and a feather quill inserted to hold it in place, this same concept is still used to this day.  What is certain is that the need of the angler to have some type of bite indicator goes back a long way.

There are various types of floats, such as the waggler, an elongated tapered float, mostly used in still waters.  We also use a variety of floats when Bolognese fishing, that being the method of using a fixed float on a rod and reel; these floats come in all shapes and sizes as do most things in life. There is also the now notorious running float, which as its name implies is not fixed but slides across the line.  This is used in areas where it is far too deep for us to use a fixed float.  I have personally used these floats to depths exceeding 20m.  There is also what is called a weighted float.  As the name implies these are float that have a certain amount of weight which is integrated within.  A typical weighted float would have something like this stamped on it:4+3grams, where the 4g implies the weight incorporated within the float and the 3g being the amount of weight needed on your line to stabilise the float on the surface, this type of float allows us to cast at distances which would not normally be possible with a normal float.  Now we come to the controller float, which is also a weighted float but this serves a different purpose altogether.  The purpose of this contraption is that of casting further out with a longish leader and hook attached with the specific aim of keeping your bait on the surface so as to attract those fish which come up to feed on the sea surface.  No further weight needs to be added to the controller float. In the next write up I shall be showing you what setup you will need to rig up the waggler.  Till then Tight Lines to all and hope you enjoyed our float fishing introduction.

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