The waggler has become a bit of neglected tactic for anglers, especially on commercial fisheries, where the pole seems to be able to do the lot.
But where silvers are concerned, the float can leave the pole for dead when it comes to the speed at which you can catch roach, rudd and skimmers.
Here's how to have an action-packed day on the waggler...
Go for an insert
An insert waggler is extremely sensitive, allowing you to spot bites on the drop. I like to use a semi-loaded MP Slim.
Find the right depth
Although I’m fishing off bottom, there’s still a depth the fish want to be at. To find it, shallow up until you get bites.
Shot down the line
Lock the float with a couple of BB shot. Down the line go four evenly-spaced No10 Stotz so the bait sinks quickly.
Go for a big hook
You need a big hook, especially for casters. A size 16 Matrix MCX-1 lets me bury the hook inside the caster.
Casters beat maggots. They always produce a better stamp of fish, and make a bit more noise when hitting the water.
Alter the feeding
I’ll fire 20 or so casters out at a time, but if the fishing is very good, I’ll up the feed to double that amount.