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Float legering

Post by John Milford » Wed Aug 07 2019 18:46

I do this very often when pike fishing, but hardly ever when coarse fishing. Until yesterday.

I was fishing a shallow lake in a stiff breeze and was struggling with my usually effective waggler approach due to the bow in the line dragging the bait.

A switch to a 1/4 oz running bomb and a Drennan 'Windbeater' proved an excellent solution - leaving me wondering why I've not tried it more often?

Like the swingtip, it just doesn't seem to be a coarse fishing method I've seen in use or written about for many years? :shrug:
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Re: Float legering

Post by Will Smith » Wed Aug 07 2019 19:17

Funny you should post this John,as coincidence would have it, I was thinking about exactly the same tactic myself earlier today for one of my waters.

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Re: Float legering

Post by Bob Watson » Wed Aug 07 2019 20:34

I do it quite regularly in the form of polaris or locslide floats.

Bites are always positive sail aways and lifts.

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Re: Float legering

Post by John Milford » Wed Aug 07 2019 20:59

Bob Watson wrote:
I do it quite regularly in the form of polaris or locslide floats.

Bites are always positive sail aways and lifts.
I like the curved, semi-locking float link attachment in deep water (piking) Bob, but use a fully fixed float just slightly over-depth in shallow water.

Like you say, very positive indication either way.

I prefer the lightest bomb practical to tighten down effectively, but not much more, when float legering. When heavier leads are needed I dispense with a float and fish a straight running leger with indicators.
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Re: Float legering

Post by John Milford » Wed Aug 07 2019 21:00

Will Smith wrote:
Funny you should post this John,as coincidence would have it, I was thinking about exactly the same tactic myself earlier today for one of my waters.

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Re: Float legering

Post by davelumb » Wed Aug 07 2019 21:15

When I've done it (a long time ago) I used a swan shot or two on a piece of nylon looped over the main line above a no.6 shot.

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Re: Float legering

Post by Nobby C » Wed Aug 07 2019 21:35

davelumb wrote:
When I've done it (a long time ago) I used a swan shot or two on a piece of nylon looped over the main line above a no.6 shot.
Link leger, a method from back in the mists of time. ☺

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Re: Float legering

Post by John Milford » Wed Aug 07 2019 22:42

One of the (great?) things about this forum, is that quite a few of its members also hail from somewhere "back in the mists of time'! :clown: :pipe:

I had something of an extended break from regular fishing a few years ago - I still went (very occasionally) but did not keep up to date with magazines etc.

When I resumed (keener than ever) I could scarcely believe how much things had changed! 'Big pit reels', 'captive back leads', special rods, just for spodding and marking! Admittedly, it was mostly carp and match fishing that seemed to have gone completely off my known scale, so I wasn't too bothered.

I eventually figured it was mostly trendy b.s. to sell tackle and the latest 'wonder bait'' plus increasingly desperate looking 'new' ideas to fill magazine columns. :shrug:
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Re: Float legering

Post by Will Smith » Thu Aug 08 2019 10:25

The term 'reinventing the wheel' comes to mind John, :wink: .

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Re: Float legering

Post by Mike J » Thu Aug 08 2019 10:49

Last time I did it I used a coffin lead, who under 40 remembers them?

Yes it was that long ago, something like... :scratch:

:madmick: good grief, 50+ years!

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Re: Float legering

Post by jack » Thu Aug 08 2019 16:48

I certainly remember coffin leads, though I've no idea why they were that shape.

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Re: Float legering

Post by John Milford » Thu Aug 08 2019 18:09

jack wrote:
I certainly remember coffin leads, though I've no idea why they were that shape.
So that they wouldn't roll.

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(If you were really posh, you had 'Capta' leads (flattened, three sided pyramid shaped weights, with a swivel). :pipe:
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Re: Float legering

Post by jack » Thu Aug 08 2019 19:15

Ok John, thanks. I presume square or rectangular leads weren't as aerodynamic? :eek:

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Re: Float legering

Post by Mike J » Fri Aug 09 2019 09:33

The Capta lead came much later John.
Capta were a follow-on of Dick Walker's Arlesey Bomb which Walker didn't actually invent but did modify by adding the swivel instead of the through hole and wire loop.

From memory the Arlesey bomb was 1953 or 54, Capta leads were early '60's

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Re: Float legering

Post by Will Smith » Fri Aug 09 2019 19:47

Mike J wrote:
The Capta lead came much later John.
Capta were a follow-on of Dick Walker's Arlesey Bomb which Walker didn't actually invent but did modify by adding the swivel instead of the through hole and wire loop.

From memory the Arlesey bomb was 1953 or 54, Capta leads were early '60's
Fcuk me Mike, thats some memory you have there fella :laughs: .
You must have fantastic recall, something I fail miserably at, although I do know a few people with very good recall just like yourself.

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