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Best Fishing Supplies: Preface
On this page, I will tell you something about the float. In the US, a float is also called a bobber. In the following text, I will use the term float. So it is a piece of fishing equipment that is attached to the fishing line. This type of fishing is also called “float fishing”.
Usually, a float is used for sport fishing. The material from which the float is made must have a mass density that is less than that of water, otherwise, the float would not float. The purpose of the float is first to see where your hook is approximately (right under the float) and secondly to see if a fish is taking the bait. You can of course notice this when the float sets or runs slowly (and sometimes quickly) as it were. When this happens, the fisherman must switch to haul in the catch.
You can easily “slide” the float to set the desired depth.
Due to the weight of the float, it is possible to determine approximately where it can be floated, for example, to make use of a light water flow. You can reach difficult places more easily. But the most important feature is visual, whereby you can see whether you have a bite.
There are a lot of floats in all shapes, colors, and sizes, and these are made in different materials such as plastic, foam, cork, balsa wood, Indian Sarkanda Reed (hollow), etc … There are even “bird/porcupine quills”. used. Choosing afloat does require the fisherman’s experience because several factors must be taken into account:
- the strength of the current
- the wind speed
- the size of the bait which is used
- the depth where someone wants to fish
- the distance where someone wants to fish
Usually, small weights are used that are attached between the fishing hook and the float on the fishing line. This is done to allow the float to float vertically in the water as well as possible and still be able to see a small part (but clearly visible) of the float. The part of the float that is underwater should not have a striking color because the fish would notice it and that is not good! The less the float protrudes above the surface, the less resistance the fish will feel when it bites.
So the floats are made with the idea of where they will be used and that their shape is ideal. Every weather condition, the water quality, the current, still water, slow or fast rivers, therefore, require a special float. But of course, there is plenty of choices.
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Best Fishing Supplies: History
Not much is known about the history of the float because it was only written about later. What is known for sure is that the float was already made of rolled-up leaves, bird feathers, or pieces of a twig. The first book in which the float was mentioned was only published in 1496. That book is entitled “Treatyse of fysshynge wyth an Angle”, written by Juliana Berners. Following is a quote from her book: “All maner lynes that be not for the ground must haue flotes, and the rennyng ground lyne must haue a flote, the lyeng ground lyne must haue a flote.” In the book, the lady describes how a cork is pierced through which the line has to pass and is secured with a bird’s feather. In the following books on “fishing with floats,” this was explained in more detail.
Until about the year 1800 the floats were mostly made by the fishermen themselves. And many still do this even now. It was not until 1921 that companies were founded to manufacture and commercialize the floats. One of the first was the company Wadhams that already had 250 floats in their range at the time. The material used was celluloid. From then on many (presumably English) companies were set up to sell the floats. For example, you have:
- Thill Floats: Founded by Chicago’s ex-World Champion Mick Thill
- Drennan International: Founded by Peter Drennan
- Middy Tackle: Founded by Kenneth Middleton
Many well-known champion fishermen also supported the English companies. People like Billy Lane, Ivan Marks, and Benny Ashurst.
Avon: This float was named after the English river Avon. It is a straight float with a body at the top. In making this float, the different fast currents in the river Avon were taken into account.
Bubble: with this float, it is the intention that the hollow space is filled with water. Usually, these are very small spheres and you can determine the amount of water in the spheres to see how visible the float is. The float is mainly designed for fishing where there is a lot of vegetation. If one gets entangled in the plants, the float can get through what an ordinary float would not succeed.
Dink: The Dink float is made of dark foam in a cylinder shape. On this cylinder, there will be a smaller cylinder in painted cork for visibility. The line continues between the 2 cylinders and the float is automatically held. So you don’t need a stopper.
Popper: Also known as the “popping cork”. The simulated sound especially plays a role in this. Some use a beaded metal wire to produce a clicking sound when the float is pulled through the water. Today’s popper, on the other hand, has a concave top that makes a kind of puffing sound when pulled through the water. This imitates the sound of large predatory fish that feed on the surface. Sometimes there are also small pellets on the inside that imitate the baitfish that jump to the surface.
Quill: This is one of the very first floats and was originally made from a bird’s feather. You can also see this a bit by the shape. Afterward, porcupine spines were used in Africa and this became the standard. It is used in the same way as a stick float.
Self-cocking: You can already deduce from the word that this is a float that, as it were, “takes care of itself” by automatically coming straight. No additional weights are required on the fishing line.
Stick: you can compare this float a bit with the Avon but here there is nobody to be seen but only a tapered rod.
Waggler: this float is only attached to the bottom of the line. You have them both straight and with a body. Antennas (inserts) can also be supplied. They are also made in various materials such as reed, balsa wood, plastic, and the reed or the spine of a peacock.
With direction control: the floats themselves control their direction when the fisherman starts to “plan”.
Best Fishing Supplies: Finding out the float
When fishing, the aim is to present the bait as best as possible. That is why the float has to be well gauged. So a gauge is used for this. Depending on which fish you want to fish for, one uses either a pinch gauge (carp, bream) or a gauge with a cork or foam bottom (roach).
Depth gauge roach fish: It is the intention that the fishing hook floats just above the bottom and that the float is perpendicular. For this, a gauge with a cork or foam bottom is used. The hook is pulled through the eye at the top of the gauge and punctured into the bottom of the gauge (foam). Move the float so that only the top part (the antenna) is above the water. This way you can be very sure that the hook is now floating above the bottom.
Depth gauge for bream: a bream has a totally different way of taking the bait. This is because their jaws are pointing down and it works like a vacuum cleaner, as it were. Therefore, the bait should be on the bottom and not float above it like when fishing for roach. For this, the pinch gauge is used that you attach to the bottom lead ball above the hook. You use the same way to see if the float is presented correctly as when fishing for roach. But now you know that the bait is a little bit on the bottom. If the fish bites, you may see a “boost” or “retreat” float.
Whitefish Swivels and Stoppers
To mark a maximum depth and the float is not fixed to the line, stoppers are used. In a sliding float assembly, the buoyancy of the float causes the eyelet to stop against the line stopper. By sliding the stopper on the line you determine the depth at which you will fish. The higher the stopper, the deeper and the lower the stopper the higher you will fish. This is influenced by factors such as flow, bait weight, and the alignment of the mounting. A swivel is used to connect a feeder to the main line. There are different types of cable glands and the intention is to choose a suitable one so that the gland has practically no influence on the type of connection.
Float for night fishing
Some people like to go fishing at night. There are also special luminous floats for this. Here I am going to discuss the next float: “Lighted fishing float with motion detector,” invented by Randy F. Johnson and John F. Johnson.
In addition to providing light, this float can also display the fish movement via a sensor. For this, use is made of high-intensity light-emitting diodes. After activating the float, one light color is displayed. However, if a flashing light is displayed when there is a fishing activity under the float. When a fish bites, the steady or flashing light of one light is turned off and one gets a constant light of another color. The float is hollow and two-piece and can be screwed together. The light from this float is very visible and can be seen even at greater distances, unlike its competitor floats. At the bottom of the float, light is also diffused to attract the fish. The lights at the top of the float will also attract numerous insects that can attract fish. The normal shape is round or oval. When turning the float open, you can easily insert/replace the batteries needed to light the LEDs.
Whoever thought that a float is just a necessary gadget will now think twice. As you can see, there are many possibilities where the type of fishing plays a role. The shape, size, color, weight, appeal and the like do play a role in the right choice. I hope that you have become a little wiser while reading this article. If you have any comments or questions, you can always leave a comment. Then I will answer it as soon as possible. Good catch!
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