Bobber fishing takes many forms, but all demand one constant factor to achieve the most efficient fishing. Always take the trouble to ensure that your choice of float is as suitable for the job in hand as possible, and that it is shotted correctly for maximum sensitivity.
A float is a fishing device on a float rod line. The float has two functions: the first one is to hold the hook with the fishing head at the required depth, the second one is to signal the bite. Working position of the float is vertical, at which there is a part of the body with a protruding rod over the water. A good float must be stable, i.e. it must not lie on its side against strong winds or waves, it must be clearly visible despite the ripples, and of course it must be strong and not get wet. Any float that meets these conditions can be well calibrated, i.e. made so sensitive that it will transmit the lightest touch of fish to the nozzle
One of the most common mistakes beginners make is in struggling with a float that is far too light, particularly when trotting in running water.
Do not try to convince yourself you are fishing more sensitively with too light a model – you will suffer poor presentation as a result. It is far better to use a float that is a little on the heavy side, and shot properly for perfect control.
The choice of floats is vast, both in type and manufacture, and can be very confusing for the novice.
The all-rounder will require, however, floats of many types, and it is best to build up your collection slowly, getting to know how each one behaves and in what circumstances it is best used.
The most important thing, whatever type of float fishing you are doing, is that the float must be clearly visible. This sounds obvious, but light conditions can vary so much that one day you may need a red- or orange-tipped float, but on the next day you may require black. Extreme variations can also occur on the same day. For this reason, those floats available with a range of interchangeable sight tips of different colours are invaluable.
Insert crystals, where you can not only change the float-tip colour in an instant, but also alter the tip for a night-light just as quickly when darkness falls, are recommended.
The simplest float is a stick fixed on a fishing line. This is one of the oldest forms of float, used to this day. The second no less ancient form of float is the round body. These two slightly modified forms can be seen in any modern float. No less good float is the goose feather. It reacts very precisely to the bite, is stable and simple. When catching a live one, a foam float of the largest size is used.