This type of float was originally developed in the 1990's for fishing in carp stocked reservoirs, such as Drayton, Boddington and other large waters. It soon became a unique successful carp crunching method that allowed for fishing the upper layers, using a combination of method feed with a variety of different baits.
The concept is similar to pellet waggling, the difference being that the feed is method ground bait rather than loose fed pellets. One cannot be too dogmatic, but carp in larger waters appear to respond better to the big splash made by ground bait hitting the water, where as the reverse can often be the case on smaller waters. The casting of a combination of the float plus the method feed, will ideally require a rod with a good all through action and a test curve of 1.5 - 2lbs around 11-12ft in length, with main lines in the 8-12lb bracket. Floats for this style of fishing are large and act as a bolt rig so keep in touch with you rod. It only takes a second for a fast taking carp to have your rod disappearing across the lake! Many anglers now use bait runner reels which, if set properly, will save loosing expensive gear. It can be advisable to set your reel clutch loosely and tighten up whilst playing the fish.
Setting up the float is simple. Attach to the main line a strong quick change adaptor and immediately below the adaptor place a leger stop. This will ensure that with continually casting your chosen depth does not vary through slipping. Some anglers place a micro swivel between the main line and hook length, to help avoid line twist, although it is not necessary. Hook lengths should be of a lighter breaking strain than the main line and around 12 inches(30cms) long, strong hooks in sizes 16-12 tied as a hair rig or for banded pellets complete the business end. Now attach the feeder float of your choice via the quick change adaptor, set the float 2-3ft., bait up and start fishing. If you getting indications but no takes, then you probably need to shallow up a bit, if no indications the you may need to go deeper, but only alter your depth up or down by a couple of inches at a time. Mix the method feed carefully as if to stodgy it will stick to the feeder, to dry and it will probably break off when casting.
A fluffy damp mix with no lumps will squeeze around the feeder perfectly, breaking away soon after impact leaving an enticing suspended cloud in the upper layers of the water. Over the years large bags of fish have been taken on a variety of hook baits. Corn, maggots and pellets have all been successful, so too have been boilies and in particular 10mm white boilies. Whatever you use, incorporate some into the method mix as free offerings. Use the little and often principle , if you have not had a take after a minute or so, reel in, re-load and re-cast to the same area.
This is a popular shaped method feeder bag-up waggler float designed to deliver a method and particle bait mix at long distance. It has proved its worth over the years by producing prolific catches of carp in waters ranging from medium-sized commercials to reservoirs such as Drayton.
When the float, loaded with its method mix and particle bait cargo, hits the water the mix disperses forming a cloud of enticing bait that can drive the carp into a feeding frenzy. The slim design makes it ideal for use in windy conditions.
This model features a method coil feeder at its base.
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