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Posted - 09 January 2012 :  6:54:45 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add raggy to your friends list
Hi all,
This winter i have been fishing alot for skimmers on the pole.
I'm fishing commercials with depths around 6ft. I know what lines and hooks to fish but i'm wondering if anyone has any opinions on what the best float to use is and if they have had more success with one float shape than another.
Thanks


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4x16 tubertini delta. or jean francios with the tip replaced with a 1mm plastic one.


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Posted - 09 January 2012 :  7:58:17 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add geeman to your friends list
Mick Wilkinson F1 Sticks, perfect for skimmers.


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Colmic Jolly (or similar shape)



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kc carpa rasior carbon stemmed


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Colmic Jolly's or Preston PB22's.

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Preston Silvers or I agree PB22



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Posted - 09 January 2012 :  10:00:46 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add matchstickman25 to your friends list
The only float worth considering for skimmers is a standard peacock waggler.


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Posted - 10 January 2012 :  7:57:34 PM  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add raggy to your friends list
Thanks guys much appreciated!
Anyone else have any other favourite float patterns??


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I got these sensas floats off ebay, they are fluro orange body so I've black markered them a bit but haven't found a better skimmer float.

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If someone knows what the pattern is I would love to buy some more...


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Drennan roach really mate. Pencils, stix and norrowed body floats are a personal favourite for pellet fishing, which when Im targetting skimmers, tends to be the bait of choice.


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NG Gimp with 1.2mm tip if there's skim or tow.

NG finesse with 1.2mm tip if conditions allow.

Both floats have nice longish tips so will show lift bites well when shotted in that way.




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Hillbilly diddly squatt are the best skimmer floats I have used.


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As you will have gathered we all have our fav floats but the real truth is that you should use a float that suits the conditions you are fishing and not a float for a specific species, when a fish bites a properly presented bait the float goes under but you cannot select a species that will bite at a specific float type.


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Fair point well made hempy


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I have been using giblets finesse floats for a while now

the glass stemmed ones, been a very good all round float for skimbibblybobs, carps, roachies and mutant F1's

they work well, fished shallow, on the drop, dead depth and double bulked

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quote :
Originally posted by glint

I got these sensas floats off ebay, they are fluro orange body so I've black markered them a bit but haven't found a better skimmer float.

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If someone knows what the pattern is I would love to buy some more...



i have just had a look in past sensas catalogues from 2009 and i cant see them so i think they must be earlier.


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quote :
Originally posted by hempy

As you will have gathered we all have our fav floats but the real truth is that you should use a float that suits the conditions you are fishing and not a float for a specific species, when a fish bites a properly presented bait the float goes under but you cannot select a species that will bite at a specific float type.


Not quite a true statement hempy.

When I fish the "Lift Rig" my float is dotted, sometimes even just under the surface, but still visible, and when a fish picks up my "properly presented bait" my float come rising up.
Works great on SKIMMERS too.






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Spot on "cleggy" i agree with what you say,. the point i was trying to make is that afloat should be selected to present a bait properly in the conditions you are faced with and not selected to target a specific species.


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I'd say 'think roach', basically. The calmer the weather, the more streamlined the float and the finer the insert. Other than that I think you'd be overcomplicating things.
You can play around with shotting too, remember. 'Double bulk' type shotting if they're having it, and a strung bulk with (for me) anything up to around half a dozen small droppers for the hard days...'and all points in between' (bit of ZZ Top for you there...!!).
In that depth I'd be looking at around 4 x 14 sizes as a rule, but obviously it'll depend again on conditions.
This may or may not be what other people think!



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quote :
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I'd say 'think roach', basically. The calmer the weather, the more streamlined the float and the finer the insert. Other than that I think you'd be overcomplicating things.
You can play around with shotting too, remember. 'Double bulk' type shotting if they're having it, and a strung bulk with (for me) anything up to around half a dozen small droppers for the hard days...'and all points in between' (bit of ZZ Top for you there...!!).
In that depth I'd be looking at around 4 x 14 sizes as a rule, but obviously it'll depend again on conditions.
This may or may not be what other people think!


Its funny you should say that Paul, because in choppy whether I find a streamlined float less likely to 'bounce' in the waves. However, there is also tow to consider, which needs body. Also deeper water = more weight = more bouyancy = more body.
Face it its a complicated minefield and its what we love.


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