The all balsa pole float is gaining
in popularity, and there are a few British float manufactures now
making this handy little float including My own Company Gold Medal
This float can be used on drifting
canals, drains, and slow moving rivers and even on commercial carp
pools; this robust float has the balsa shaped aerodynamically for
holding or trotting in the swim or slopw moving drift.
The Balsa tip allows more buoyancy;
and better sight for long pole fishing, some floats come with
quick-change float adaptors, so the use of an eye is made redundant.
With a shoulder on the float
shotting can be made up of a reducing weight, or bulk, and can be held
up in a flow.
The buoyancy of the tip allows a
method of dragging the bottom of the canal, slowing the bait up in a
drift. Caster fishing is an extremely good bet with this float. Setting the float twelve inches over
depth, and with a couple of shots laying on, the float will slow up in
a tow, from time to time the float may drag under, getting the correct
balance, will help slow up the presentation.
Another little tip with this
methods is when the flow starts to pull on the canal or drain lay the
float down stream of the shot, and when the flow catches the float the
bait will move suddenly, after laying on the bottom for a few seconds.
This sudden movement will attract a fish almost straight away, the fish
thinks the bait is getting away and so it will respond to it.
Using style leads weights are very
useful after pinching them lightly on the line with a style pinch tool;
they can be slid up or down the line to change the shotting pattern.
Bunching them together to make a bulk for getting the bait down faster
and keeping it on the bottom, or splitting them up to create a slow
drop bait presentation.
Split shots work equally as well,
as long as they are used in small sizes. Squeeze them lightly on the
hook for sliding, if split shot doesn't slide on the line then squeeze
the split on the shot in the opposite direction that you put them on.
This will allow them to move.
BASA POLE FLOAT
FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE
3x10 = 0.10g (2
x No10 shot)
4x10 = 0.15g (3
x No9 shot)
4x12 = 0.2g (5x
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x
4x16 = 0.5g (8x
4x18 = 0.75g (3
x No3 shot)
4x20 = 1g (4 x
5x20 = 1.25g (5
x No3 shot)