Floats for Mackerel
|Floats for Mackerel||
The floats I use for mackerel are made from balsa which you can buy from most model shops, 1/2 inch dowell is a good choice as it requires less work to arrive at the required profile. The top stem is 1/4 inch beech dowell & the eyes on the float I usually fashion from copper wire stripped from electrical cable of a suitable size, & glued into place. The top eye is whipped over to provide extra strength.The finished float can be painted any colour & varnished over for waterproofing. Black is a good colour for the float top & shows up really well in calm conditions.I use the balls from roll on deoderants for the float tops & they can be used on their own with a bead glued in place as a line guide.
Experiment with various sized drilled bullets for weights & use a stop knot which will allow you to vary the depth to suit the conditions. Team this set upwith a light carp rod & you will have great sport, you may even want to flatten the hook barb & return the fish in good condition. It helps in a small way to conserve our fish stocks.
( Personal best :- 3lb4oz after it was cleaned )