Bandum Wafters and a 4 inch Hooklength

mattnewark

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So, this is nothing new, but after messing about with a Preston 4 inch hook length with a bait band on, I put a Bandum Wafter on and placed it in a tub full of water "just to see" what would happen.

The whole thing floated as the hook was not heavy enough resulting in rubbish presentation. i placed a small no6 shot 1cm from the hook and it looked perfect after that with the bait just above the bottom.

Question is, can you possibly get bites when you have a shot sooooo close to the hook?
 

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I suppose it works just like the putty that the Carp lads use.....will explain why I struggled to get a bite on the damn things last summer yet the tip used to go round regularly with a pellet on :)
 

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I suppose it works just like the putty that the Carp lads use.....will explain why I struggled to get a bite on the damn things last summer yet the tip used to go round regularly with a pellet on :)
I don’t use a band, I use a bait spike and a hook with a combined weight to counterbalance the wafter , so it does just waft rather than popping up...at least it works in a bowl of water when I tested it , so presumably it acts like that in the lake , it gets bites 😂😂 9ACA1AAD-FC4C-4973-9D33-0B3B47075C80.jpeg
 

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I don’t use a band, I use a bait spike and a hook with a combined weight to counterbalance the wafter , so it does just waft rather than popping up...at least it works in a bowl of water when I tested it , so presumably it acts like that in the lake , it gets bites 😂😂 9ACA1AAD-FC4C-4973-9D33-0B3B47075C80.jpeg
^^ I can see why you was having problems at Napton now!;):love::p
 

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I only use banded 8mm waftums with a 4” hook length to size 16 QM1 on my method feeder setup and have no issues with bites - I thought the whole point of waftums was to present a floating bait.

If you want your bait on the deck then use sinkums surely ?
 

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I'm just not a fan of the entire 4 inch hook length sitting proud.

I know it's like a mini zig rig if you like, but it does seem better just an inch above the rubbish on the bottom.
 

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I only use banded 8mm waftums with a 4” hook length to size 16 QM1 on my method feeder setup and have no issues with bites - I thought the whole point of waftums was to present a floating bait.

If you want your bait on the deck then use sinkums surely ?
Mine was in effect hovering 4 inches above the pile of micros, I didn’t think it looked natural, I just wanted a bait that wafted just above the pile , although I have caught with it both ways
 

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Couple years back I was fishing a water that was only about 4 ft deep, was fishing a wafter on a 2ft hooklength on the method but was crashing it in rather than clipped up so bait was purposely flying off when it hit the water was like fishing a poor man's zig.
 

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A shot to balance it would be the way to go as you've already tried, no different than using a shot, putty or pop up weight like a carp angler would. Or as others have said you could trim it down until it sinks or use a heavier hook.
 
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