Today’s blog is going to run through how to check the depth whilst float fishing to give yourself the best chance of catching a fish.

Hooking on a plummet

Step 1

It’s really helpful to know how deep the water is in front of you and for this, we use what’s called a plummet. It’s basically a heavy weight that will pull your float under. You push the hook through and then tuck the hook into the soft plastic underneath. That means that the plummet can’t fall off whilst it’s in the water. 

Swinging out a plummet

Step 2

Once the plummet is attached swing it out into the water and if the float disappears, you’re fishing too shallow. If the float lays on the surface then you’re fishing too deep.

Float for setting the plummet

Step 3

If the float sits just above the water surface that means that the hook is on the bottom, the float is sitting on the surface, and you will be fishing exactly the same depth as the lake in front of you. If you wanted to go deeper, you could push the float higher. If you wanted to go shallower, you could slide the float down. But a good starting point is to fish the same depth of the water that’s in front of you.


Holding a float

Step 4

The method that I just showed you obviously works with the float close in, but will equally work the same when you’re using a wagler further out into the lake. For more information on what floats to use in what situations and how to get the most out of your float fishing, check out the full guide to float fishing here:

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