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Post by Stotty on Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:52 am

Late Spring, into Summer is the perfect time of year to target Tench, Carp,. As well as the flat float I like using the "Lift Method". Forget fancy anti-eject combi-rigs blar blar blar the lift method is simplicity itself. All the terminal tackle you need is a float, a hook, a swivel and some swan shot.

The principle of the lift method is to over-shot your float and fish with all of the weight laid on the bottom. The float is set slightly over depth, so that when the rod is set up on rests,(or ground in my case itís a top stalking method) the float can be made to sit upright by simply tightening the line, so you can finely adjust how much float tip is visible. When a fish takes your bait, the shot is often lifted from the lake bed, which causes your float to lift out of the water, sometimes even laying flat on the surface. Very often, however, you'll notice knocks on the float tip before it disappears, just as you would with a waggler. Either of these bite indications are positive enough to justify a strike.

The float is attached bottom-end only with float rubbers. This allows quick depth adjustment and enables your float to pull free if a hooked fish takes you into a snag (once again a very safe snag rig). It's easy to make your own lift float, it doesn't have to be anything fancy
I have used quill I have found down the lake in the past then just cut down to the desired length and paint the tip a bright colour. It that simple.

If you find you are missing bites, try either a smaller bait or lengthening your hooklength - experiment and you'll get it right.
When fishing tight to snags or reeds, use a shorter 3 to 4 inch hooklength.



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Re: lift method float fishing or sunken float

Post by NIDGE MAC on Sun Mar 28, 2010 4:53 am

A top post again stotty..... drunken
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Post by tackle tart on Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:41 am

good post and a great method to use

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Re: lift method float fishing or sunken float

Post by mark on Sun Mar 28, 2010 5:44 am

tis a good method but when ya get the fish in a frenzie you can get line bites, especially with carp
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Re: lift method float fishing or sunken float

Post by longshot on Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:32 am

For oldies like me, this method comes naturaly. I have used this method for many years.

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Re: lift method float fishing or sunken float

Post by Stotty on Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:37 am

mark wrote:tis a good method but when ya get the fish in a frenzie you can get line bites, especially with carp

not the lakes i fish lol!

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Re: lift method float fishing or sunken float

Post by Plumby on Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:11 pm

Great post, great rig.

As an addition, with the shot being close to the hook, and hence being on the hooklink, I dont pinch it direct to the line, but slide on to the hooklink 1cm of fine silicone tube then pinch the shot to this.

Stops your line from getting damaged and you can move it around easily.

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Re: lift method float fishing or sunken float

Post by KildareJon on Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:08 pm

Yeah, brilliant method this, and one of my all-time favourites for misty summer morning Tench on the canal here... Interesting that you would use a swivel between hooklength and main line though, I have never done it that way. I would usually use a flouro hooklength of about 6in attached loop2loop style to the main line and just pinch my shot on to this about 2 - 4in from the hook. Occasionally I would just fish 4 or 5lb mainline straight through to the hook but this would be the exception rather than the norm as I tend to use flouro quite a lot for my hooklengths(all self-tied by the way). Would your method with the shot on the tag at the swivel have any advantages over mine? or why would you do it that way?
Also I think that 1 ssg shot is more than enough weight for this method and sometimes would go with an AAA shot. I suppose it might depend on the size or bouyancy of the float that you use or maybe the type/depth of water your fishing?? What would be the maximum depth you would use the lift method??
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Post by KildareJon on Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:19 pm

Forgot to mention that I, like Plumby, would use a piece of silicone tubing to pinch the shot onto so no worries about damaging the line if you pinch too hard. Maybe this is your reason for having the shot on the tag at the swivel Stotty??
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Re: lift method float fishing or sunken float

Post by Stotty on Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:24 pm

KildareJon wrote:Forgot to mention that I, like Plumby, would use a piece of silicone tubing to pinch the shot onto so no worries about damaging the line if you pinch too hard. Maybe this is your reason for having the shot on the tag at the swivel Stotty??


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