Floats for shallow pellet fishing

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So, bit of an own goal posting this, as I’m sure there will be a range of opinions, but for those who fish pellets shallow, which floats do you use and why? It’s one of two aspects of my commercial fishing I want to improve this year and I never feel I have the right float on.

This is fishing for proper carp, not pellet lickers.
 

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Watched some videos where the anglers advocate a dibber. However I've also seen a few where they use a smaller rugby ball shaped float. Be interested to see the replies myself.
 

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So, bit of an own goal posting this, as I’m sure there will be a range of opinions, but for those who fish pellets shallow, which floats do you use and why? It’s one of two aspects of my commercial fishing I want to improve this year and I never feel I have the right float on.

This is fishing for proper carp, not pellet lickers.
For carp Mick Wilkinson Cookies!, same floats and rigs for mugging E6CD2D28-CD71-477E-9B3A-D44EF31A8C11.jpeg
 

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If it's just Carp then it's a bristle so you can read the fall of the pellet and know what depth they're taking at. A longish leash is also important
 

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I make my own version of the cookie Chester. Using a heavy glass stem instead. I cannot show a pick as they are in the local tackle shop. However the MW are great along with Hillbilly ratcatchers
 

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If it's just Carp then it's a bristle so you can read the fall of the pellet and know what depth they're taking at. A longish leash is also important
I honestly can’t see the point in a bristle float for carp shallow, basically your slapping a pellet , no shot down the line,and carp grabs it, there’s nothing to read🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
 

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I make my own version of the cookie Chester. Using a heavy glass stem instead. I cannot show a pick as they are in the local tackle shop. However the MW are great along with Hillbilly ratcatchers
Can you make any with a wire stem ??
 

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I honestly can’t see the point in a bristle float for carp shallow, basically your slapping a pellet , no shot down the line,and carp grabs it, there’s nothing to read🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
More to do with liners or if they're not coming right up
 

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For carp Mick Wilkinson Cookies!, same floats and rigs for mugging E6CD2D28-CD71-477E-9B3A-D44EF31A8C11.jpeg

I used to use MW patterns nearly exclusively, but now it’s seems very difficult to get them, down to my last 3 Cookies. I was trying the Hillbilly Shady Shallow last year, that’s not too bad. I just want a pattern that I can get when I want and I am confident in.

I do agree with you, not sure of the need of a bristle for carp, but if a float has a 2.5 or 3mm bristle and does the job, then I’m not going to dismiss it.

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I honestly can’t see the point in a bristle float for carp shallow, basically your slapping a pellet , no shot down the line,and carp grabs it, there’s nothing to read🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️
Half of the time at Bankend I don’t use a float. If you do they become preoccupied with it and I’ve even had them take it off the surface before. I just ping pellets and hold on. 💪👊🤣🤣
 

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I used to use MW patterns nearly exclusively, but now it’s seems very difficult to get them, down to my last 3 Cookies. I was trying the Hillbilly Shady Shallow last year, that’s not too bad. I just want a pattern that I can get when I want and I am confident in.

I do agree with you, not sure of the need of a bristle for carp, but if a float has a 2.5 or 3mm bristle and does the job, then I’m not going to dismiss it.

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I’m down to 3 cookies now 😂😂lucky it’s rare to lose one and it’s a pretty tangle free rig 😂
 

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I'm not convinced they're invisible but they're an easy choice for me without having to experiment with different floats and I like the shape and durability of them.
 
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