Picking the right waggler for float fishing

Steve Ringer talks different float types and when to use each

Picking the right waggler for float fishing

by Angling Times |

Mention wagglers on commercial fisheries today and it’s assumed you’re talking about the pellet waggler, nothing else.

That’s no surprise, as it’s easily the best way to catch carp and F1s feeding shallow in open water or around islands – yet it wasn’t always like this.

Before the arrival of the ‘pellet wag’, and indeed before proper carp poles came on to the market, rod-and-line was the only way to catch. Thirty years ago, that involved the use of short, clear plastic wagglers set a foot deep, cast out with the line kept tight to the float as you blasted pints of maggots around it. When you got a bite, the rod-tip would be yanked around!

Things change, but there’s still a place for classic insert floats for carp fishing, albeit only at certain times of the year. In winter, the pellet waggler becomes redundant and the insert takes over. Likewise, when silverfish are the target, there’s little to beat the finesse of a traditional float.

Balsa pellet wags

Size depends on how far you need to cast and what the wind is doing – 10g-plus for big open reservoirs, 6g or 8g for smaller commercials.

Balsa pellet wags
Balsa pellet wags

Foam pellet wags

Ideal for mugging carp, casting to an island in 12ins of water or for when the fish are right amid the feed and swirling on the surface.

Foam pellet wags
Foam pellet wags

Insert wagglers

Superb for silverfish work, and for winter carp, fishing maggots at half-depth and casting about is a great way to search the peg.

Insert wagglers
Insert wagglers

Bodied wagglers

I remember firing out balls of groundbait or stickymag over the top of one of these to catch shallow. I reckon that they’d still work a treat.

Bodied wagglers
Bodied wagglers
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