This popular loaded Crystal waggler float is a superb all-rounder. The float is at home in lakes or rivers. Made from a 5mm internal diameter tube this range is available in popular sizes and remains one of the pleasure anglers most used patterns. The loaded waggler features an internal loading which reduces the amount of shot needed on the line. The loading adds stability in choppy waters.
Waggler fishing has its roots firmly embedded in the history of angling, but it is probably still the most popular form of fishing today. Whether young or old, tiddler snatcher or specimen angler, the waggler always has a place in your tackle box. The waggler is a bottom end only float, meaning that most of the shot is placed around the base of the float and is best fished at depths between 3ft and 10ft. It can be used in both rivers and stillwaters with devastating effect, in fact the versatility of this float is such that it would take years to cover all the varying situations it can be used in. Wagglers are constructed from a variety of materials, also in varying lengths and shot carrying capacity. The choice is yours, basically they all do the same job. The float is extremely versatile in that it can be fished 'up in the water', 'on the drop' or hard on the bottom, also close in or at distance. On slow moving rivers where there is not excessive weed, fishing over depth will slow the bait down, which often produces a better class of fish, it can be used with almost any bait you can think of.
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.
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