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Post by Stotty on Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:52 am

Plumbing the depth / Plumbing up your float.. seems to confuse
a lot of novice anglers. Once you understand the principles, with
a little practice it becomes second nature and will make you catch rate rise.

The idea is that you set up your float rig as normal float on top hook at the bottom then attach a plummet or
weight to the hook. Then have a guess at the depth and cast out to where
you want to fish. When setting up the rig to plumb the depth I
just do not shot the float at all.
This means that the float will be extra buoyant so it will try and
fight it's way to the surface. This will helps during plumbing.

Types of Plummet.

Plumbing up your float Dinsmores-plummets-cork

The picture above shows the "cork" or "dumbbell" type plummet.
The hook and line ate passed through the top eye of the plummet and
the hook point hooked into the cork / foam at the bottom.

The hook hold is very secure and rarely comes of in casting.

2 - Clip Plummet.

The picture below shows the "clip" plummet. The two
tags are pressed down and the clip opens up like a jaw. The
tags are released and a spring keeps the jaws closed, grasping the

This type of plummet is OK for plumbing the depth close in, but
can fly off during vigorous casting.

Plumbing up your float Clipplummet
3 - Split Shot.

Plumbing up your float Anchor_shot_refill_tub

This is the one i tend to use

With this method a large split shot, which should be big enough
to sink the float, is attached to the line just above the hook.
I normally use a AA or SSG (swan shot).

some simple rules..

  1. Make sure that the attached plummet or shot is enough to
    sink the float, when you are plumbing the depth.
  2. Having cast out do not keep the line tight to the float.
    If you do you may prevent it from rising to the surface.
    Give the float slack line so it can move freely.
  3. If there is a wind or surface drift it will again put the
    float under tension and may again prevent it rising to the
    surface. Sink the line and then make sure the line is
    slack to the float, so it can rise to the surface freely.
simple sum up..
If you find the float does not rise to the surface then the rig is to

The float needs to be moved further up the line, away
from the hook and try again.

If the float lies flat on the
surface, then the rig is set to deep.

Move the float further
down the line towards the hook and try again.

I know it sounds so simple but get it right and your catch rate should go up..
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