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Gerald asked me what he needs for float fishing, thought i'd post a response here so all can read. If i'm using a float the first thing to get is a longer rod than you are used to using, mines 10', but theres guys i know using 12' and sometimes longer!, they are known as noodle rods. there are a few good reasons for this. firstly i tend to float fish in water more than 5' deep with a fixed float, if i have a 6'6" rod i cant really fish any deeper than that,with my 10'er i can comfortably fish in 10-12' and casting with a long "tail" is just easyer with a noodle rod. secondly i'm fishing for very spooky fish species in a very slow manner, therefor i need to use as light a line as possible(both carp and trout are very line aware) you are fishing a static or very slow moving bait, the fish gets a long time to check it out and make up its mind before eating it, if you rip a lure past an aggresive fish it has a split second to hit or ignore so using 30lb braid won't put him off, not true with the slower approach of float fishing. carp weigh a lot and can put huge pressure on your kit, esspecialy with 6-8lb mono, having a longer rod gives you more strength and power, its basically a longer lever if that makes any sense and alows me to "stear" the fish a little more and keep him outta the snags, i have landed many carp over 20lb with 6lb line, its all about gentle persuasive pressure, the longer rods really help! Pretty much any half decent spinning reel is o.k, make sure it has a decent anti reverse (if you can wind the reel handle back even an inch before it stops your reel sucks! instant anti reverse is exactly that, when engaged you should not be able to wind backwards even 1mm!) as far as floats go there are so many its hard to advise and there are entire books on the subject, as general rules i like stick wagglers (its a straight float like a porcipine quill) however for carping in the grand where there is current a float that is more boyant at the top than bottom is recomended (my faves availible in canada are all drennam). you need your float to take enough weight to cast where you wanna be, but without offering to much resistence to a spooky fish to pull under, so go as light as poss. as for shot stay well clear of the winged ones! get round split shot, the wings catch current, and wind on the cast and spin your line into a mess, they also catch the line and can tangle more easily. the shot should get progressivly smaller as you get closer to the hook, a good way to fish for carp is with a lift up waggler rig, google that for diagrams i don't think i should waffle on much longer! i find it very hard to explin all this in writing, maybe i'll just show you guys soon and you can film it for your show! wake up canada, the old red 'n' white bobber is dead!
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hey noel, for those carp i'd keep it to a simple float rig with corn. use a small hook, i like size 8's, if you have any steelhead fishing stuff just use all that, for more info check out the carp crew group, or for a detailed explination on float fishing check out no boat no moter no problem group and look at my post on float fishing. chum will also help, and be very patient, carp fishing is like fishing for cows, slow grazers!
Hey-- Sorry that it's like a month after you wrote on my wall and I am responding, lol...I should probably check on here more! The smallmouth I caught on Burt Lake which is up north, michigan...I was only using a worm lol and a tiny hook. I actually fell asleep, and then I had a fish Ha ha! Oh man, you always have to bring the camera! always. You said you don't have much patience for live bait...that's funny because I don't have patience with lures! I am sure you are out fishing now...I have been about 3 times. Haven't caught anything amazing yet!
Hey...yeah I don't use anything in particular to catch northerns...I actually caught this fish in my profile pic with a earth worm and no liter! lol. I pretty much fish for whatever will bite. But yeah this fish... I had no idea I was going to catch a pike that big!
Hey...I'm not having much luck over here either. I went fishing for Sturgeon on Saturday and caught one 38" so I couldn't keep him (here in washington they have to be a minimum of 42") and then went fishing for Winter Steelehead yesterday and only caught a couple of Sqawfish...hope you are having better luck!