The right kinds of sea fishing floats depend on where the angler is headed and what is the target fish of the day. The sea fishing tackle set can conveniently combine both deep water and float rigs, so anglers may choose two or more targets per cast. The angler who knows the appropriate sea fishing float rigs for the target fish has better odds of a good day's catch.
Heavy or Light Floats
The right weight fishing float depends in part on the wind and how calm the seas are. On a windy day of sea fishing, a heavier float with an aerodynamic design casts further and more accurately. On a calm day when the waters are not rough, a lightweight plastic float gives more sensitive response to what is going on below. Many anglers say they can catch more fish on lighter floats. These floats are more subject to breakage and wear than floats made of polystyrene, which are heavy but durable. Their weight makes them more likely to weaken a line, so checking the sea fishing float rig for wear every hour or so is important.
Assembling the Float Rig
Most people fishing in the seas use the same kinds of floats as they would inland: the traditional rod-shaped float 15 to 18 cm long. A sea fishing float kit usually contains a float, a hook, line, swivels, beads; and an elastic float stop. The float kit is assembled on the line with snap swivels at each end, a weight below the float, and beads between the swivels and the rest of the float. This kind of setup makes it possible to clip the float onto whatever trace length is appropriate for the target. It maximises flexibility of targeting, especially when dealing with shifting tides.
Float Rigs for Specific Targets
Bass are wary of anything colourful, so a clear plastic bubble fishing float is the best bet. Assemble the bass rig on 10 to 12 lbs line with a sharp, wide gap hook that leaves a significant amount of hook exposed once baited. Pollock and wrasse feed at the same depth as bass, so the same trace length works for them. When float fishing for mackerel, use a size 2 or 4 hook with any light float, but on a shorter trace, since mackerel feed higher than bass. Mackerel follow a flash, so in case a fish manages to snatch the bait, attach a small spoon or a few bright beads to the lead to get a second chance. The float rig for cod fishing has the longest trace, since cod, along with flounder and plaice, are found at the bottom.