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Hi all this weekend i am intending to float fish for bass at night in Pwllheli harbour (North Wales) but i'm not sure how to work out where i need to position the stop not and how much hooklenght to us etc. And does this method only work with livebait?

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I use a rubber ring and a bead as a stop knot. You just go through the rubber ring and then back through the same way and you have a sliding stop. Add a bead and its perfect. You can buy the rubber rings or just cut the end off a bit of silicone tube.

Thread on your float and weight and tie on a swivel. Hook length is then about 3/4 feet fromt eh other end of the swivel.

Start at a depth of about 12 feet or so and then move it about.

No doubt live bait works better than dead with sandeel.

http://www.torbayfishing.com/rigs/float-fishing.htm
 

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I would use a rubber float stop if you can get one. That just stops on the line on the reel. I put a small loop in the end of the reel line. That can be threaded through the float and the lead. I then poke the loop through the eye of a swivel over the end and then pull back. Nice thing about this set up is that it can be easily done up and undone. To the swivel I would attach a 12ins hook length - or shorter if I had hook line tangle problems above the float.

On depth I would try 4ft for a while.

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this is a very basic setup i use, it shows the stopknot which is fully adjustable , the stopknot can be tied around mainline or use rubber tube , which i have found too be easier and quicker,

here is a picture .



the depths can be adjusted by simply moving the stopknot.
i use around 4foot clear mono too hook . unsure about bass yet , as ive not tried but Rag or sandeels work well on the float.

also for night fishing a crystal nighlight can be taped too the float so it makes it easily visible,
however i recently purchased a float ( eddystone tattler ) which has a built in section for the nightlight, which will be great.
or you will see various night floats which im sure you may have seen.

i hope this helps,
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The best way of stopping the float is to use a rubber stopper bead instead of a stop knot....they are really cheap and easy to use...otherwise FiFer's set up is perfect. P.s have you tried float fishing with a spinner as bait.....bit unusual but can be deadly
 

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The only comment I would make on F1F3R's rig is that the drilled bullet can chafe throught the line if lower strength lines are used, ok on 30lb but consider tying in a bit of strong line for the weight to slide on if using light line.; alternatively use a leader for the float set up, easier to haul your fish up using stronger line.
 

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The best way of stopping the float is to use a rubber stopper bead instead of a stop knot....they are really cheap and easy to use...otherwise FiFer's set up is perfect. P.s have you tried float fishing with a spinner as bait.....bit unusual but can be deadly
I just use a small rubber band, Lay the line across the band and then put the loop on one side through the loop on the other - pull tight - and you have your height stop.
 

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The best way of stopping the float is to use a rubber stopper bead instead of a stop knot....they are really cheap and easy to use...otherwise FiFer's set up is perfect. P.s have you tried float fishing with a spinner as bait.....bit unusual but can be deadly
They are also dead simple to adjust and pass easily through the rod rings. A rubber band is OK if you're shallow but if you are so deep that the rubber band is on the reel, the line catches on it during a cast.

I have tried a Dexter Wedge under a float, the mackies love it. Going to try a baited one for bass soon. :)
 

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I put a small loop in the end of the reel line. That can be threaded through the float and the lead. I then poke the loop through the eye of a swivel over the end and then pull back. Nice thing about this set up is that it can be easily done up and undone.
Nice idea John. What knot do you use to tie that loop?
 

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Another tip I have picked up to prevent the snood getting caught around the top of the float when you cast is to put a second stopper on the line above the weight the length of the snood up.
 

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.If you use a clove hitch around a rubber band then cut away the excess rubber leaving about 1/4 inch on the line then a bead under it ,the rubber goes through the rod rings no problem and you can fish as deep as you like, when you pull the rubber off,it leaves the line in tact without any knot.

the easy way to tie a clove hitch is to take your line and make 2 loops in it,put the front loop behind the back one and put your rubber band through the 2 loops and pull tight,should take less than 10 sec,s try it
 
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