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Carpin Capers

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Float fishing for tench and roach.

I have been doing a spot of float fishing over the past 2 weeks for a change, there is something about watching a float slide under that is intoxicating. My main target was tench. I have been using a 4AA onion style of float, 6lb main line, .15 hooklength to a size 14 hook. A great set up for the tench but when they were not in the swim the roach were, the problem was that with the heavy tench set up I was missing a lot of bites.

Today I decided to set another rod up but with a lighter set up and with the windy conditions we have been having I decided to use a Drennan driftbeater float, the problem was that I didn't have two the same so I opted for the 2SSG float for the tench rig and the 2AA one for the roach set up. What a revelation the 2AA float was.

It actually took nearer 3AA, all of this was placed equally either side of the float, I then had 2 no.8 stotz at mid depth a further one between those and my match swivel and a 12" hook lenth of .13 to a size 16 hook. The set up cast beautifully even tho the wind was in my face, but the magic bit was the delicate stem took about 10 seconds to set down to the tip of the float, you could read every bite on the drop, this resulted in a lot more roach being hooked. Then when I got a lift bite the whole of the stem rose out of the water.

Sods law tho, first chuck in I caught a tench, but the rig held up and the tench of around 6lb was soon in the landing net.

What a great float I have discovered, It has made my float fishing sessions a whole lot more enjoyable and more importantly should result in more fish in the keepnet on the next match.

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If1sky

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If1sky says:

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I like the sound of that Allan, has got me thinking now

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norfolkinesox

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sounds like good fun and to be honest this season ive been utilising the waggler more,especially on the deck with hair rigged baits,i had 4 tench only the other week for 22lb all taken on 10mm pieces of meat over pellet one was only about three pound so you can see the other three were good fish.

i really enjoyed the matches were i fished the waggler and whilst everyone fished the pole or feeder  i reckon i benifited from fishing the areas were most dont ie between the pole and feeder lines so caught fish.

thiink ill check out them wagglers your using too alan be great for when its towing

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norfolkinesox

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just bought some on line be spot on for them windy days and the lakes towing,

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Carpin Capers

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Re: Float fishing for tench and roach.

Hi Simon and Ian,

Glad to be of some assistance, I checked out my local tackle shop this morning but they had non in stock, it looks like another online purchase for me too. There were hardly any floats on thier shelves apart from pellet wagglers and pole floats, is conventional waggler fishing becoming a dying art ?

I'm getting fed up with tackle shops just lately, the last 6 items I have gone in for have either been out of stock or not stocked at all.

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norfolkinesox

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i believe it is a dying art alan,matches i fish you rarely see a normal waggler cast in fact on the two venues i fish only i do!

its all pole if not the  feeder and maybe pellet wag,but the straight waggler on the deck can take some beating on the right days,and as you said its enjoyable to do.ill just leave them to it and have it all to myself

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myketyke

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myketyke says:

Re: Float fishing for tench and roach.

I've been doing exactly the same this season just stuck to float fishing for tench and experimenting with different types of float.You are so right when it comes to watching that float slide under you strike, and wham around goes the rod and off goes your line cutting through the water as the tench fights away from you... I have not got any drennan drift beaters so if you could point me in the right direction? oh and stotz not used them can you advise please.Thanks myke.

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Carpin Capers

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Re: Float fishing for tench and roach.

A quick search on google will soon find you the floats from an online tackle shop.

I prefer stotz as my dropper shot as they are softer on the line and more streamlined that gives you a better presentation.

 

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bennygesserit

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Re: Float fishing for tench and roach.

fascinating this for a new angler, tenchstar that floats looks massive to me , I only fish the canal using a pole or canals using a waggler and pole , wouldn't commercial fish spit the bait out when they felt the resistance ?

Of course the conclusion is that if there is no God head , no guiding hand , no mystical force , then we are all automata clinging to a rock , whizzing through space ,hurtling and clinging on to some God forsaken ride, chemical accidents , accidentally chemically aware , peeking at conciousness , trapped like rats in a rat trap.

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Carpin Capers

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Re: Float fishing for tench and roach.

Them float is very sensitive as the stem is very thin, not much thicker than a commercial pole float tip and you shot it down so that only the upper tapering part of the tip is showing. You can spot every roach bite on it and they must be one of the shyist biting species.

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myketyke

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myketyke says:

Re: Float fishing for tench and roach.

Your not kidding tenchstar have had a good days sport with tench and bream ref your reply 23/08/10 what a day! An excellent float works a treat.the stotz ideal!.

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