Using carp fishing floats is the easiest way to detect elusive bites when carp fishing. Carp have enticed anglers to riverbanks for centuries. Although modern anglers commonly use ledger rigs to target carp, the art of carp float fishing is regaining popularity. Whether fishing in still water or fast flowing streams, using a fishing float greatly improves your chances of success.
Carp Waggler Floats
Anglers use carp waggler floats in still water or slow to medium currents. Waggler floats come in two body types: straight and bodied. A straight waggler resembles a tube or pencil, while a bodied waggler is a tube with a bulb close to the bottom. The latter is particularly useful in stronger wind conditions, as the bulb prevents the float from falling over in the breeze. Attached to fishing line through the eyelet at the bottom of the float, a split shot secures the float in place. Depending on the fishing location, shoting patterns vary. When using a waggler float, most anglers follow the 80/20 rule, where 80 per cent of the shot weight is secured close to the float, and 20 per cent is attached two-thirds along the line.
Carp Stick Floats
Made for medium to fast flowing rivers, stick floats come in a variety of shapes and colours. More than any other float, stick fishing floats are specialised for individual fast-water environments. As it is attached to the fishing line on the top and the bottom, fishing with a stick float takes time to master. These fishing floats have a top, body, and stem, and these parts are often composed of different materials. The wider top enables it to stay afloat in faster current and wind conditions. Float rubbers attach the stick float to the fishing line, locking it into place. Like a waggler float, the stick float utilises shot to weight the line and keep it ahead, or downstream, of the float. The most common way to weight one is by adding progressively lighter shot away from the float towards the hook.
Carp Bubble Floats
In areas where other floats do not find success, try a bubble float. Like other fish, carp avoid rigs that appear unusual, unnatural, or ones that they have encountered before. Because a bubble float is clear, it does not cast a significant shadow into the water, nor does it appear unusual on the water surface. It appears to the fish, as the name describes, as a naturally occurring bubble. Carp bubble floats are used with both bottom and surface rigs, and they give equal results in both environments. When used as a surface float, bread crust is the best-paired bait, and as a bottom rig, corn kernels are effective.