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    Default Stick float shotting.

    Could any kind sole put me right on heavy stick float shotting please.

    Stick float taking 14 no 4.

    Does this sound right. 8 no 4. 8 no 6. 8 no 8. 24 shot down the line.

    Swims are 8' to 10' deep med-fast pace.

    Should any of the shot be together or all evenly spread out.

    I'd love some help by any really experience stick float fishers.

    Thanks all.

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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    Quote Originally Posted by dicky123 View Post
    Swims are 8' to 10' deep med-fast pace.

    Should any of the shot be together or all evenly spread out.
    IMO it's easier to bulk the shot around 8-10" from the hook in those conditions, less problems casting and easier to hold back in a fast flow
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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    I wouldn't be using a stick float in fast water.

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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    With big sticks like that I just shot up with no4s finish off with an 8 tell tale shot.
    You can alter the shot size and move them about to get different shotting patterns depending on which works best on the day that's the enjoyment in stick float fishing your constantly trying different things.There is nothing set in stone. Some lads even on big sticks shot up with 8s all down the line
    Using big sticks usually means your fishing at distance or your trotting some deep water. I don't use sticks bigger than 10no4 after that I use avons or balsa trotters if needed.
    If your not getting bites and you are sure there is fish in the swim adjust the depth and shotting patterns and see it if makes a difference mate.
    Last edited by trotter2; 03-09-2016 at 20:18.

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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    Well the stick float has changed a lot from the original balsa and cane jobs. Dave Harrell even sells a 30 no. 4 wire stemmed monster!
    Originally stick float was synonymous with holding back .... But i catch most of my fish running through with really light rigs.
    Which venue and what fish are you targeting?

    Btw ... trotter's comments above are spot on.

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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    How did you get on dicky 123 any luck ?

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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    If you are bulking shot why not use 1 or 2 larger shot in place of 14 little ones?

    There must be some advantage but I do not know what it is?

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    In swims that deep and that kind of flow you would be better off bulking BBs and put say 3 no 8 or 10 dropper shot on.
    Put the bulk about 3 feet from the hook and equispace the number 10s below the bulk.
    You can still then experiment with spreading the bulk out or changing the distance from the hook.
    Hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    If you are bulking shot why not use 1 or 2 larger shot in place of 14 little ones?

    There must be some advantage but I do not know what it is?
    It gives you many more options of spreading the shot out during the session.

    As the swim builds with regular feeding the fish often come up in the water as competition and confidence grow and the more numerous smaller shot allow more options for adjusting the speed of fall of the bait.

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    Default Re: Stick float shotting.

    I have fished the stick all my angling life. The ideal stick float swim is 3 to 4 foot deep, so you string shot No 8s and No 6s, equidistant at that depth. Ribblemeister has it right. Whatever the depth, bulk up at three foot from the hook and string shot as described, below that. My preferance is not to block bulk, as I think that can create a pendulum effect that leads to too many tangles, but to put as many No 4s in as needed in a tight string, each an 1/8 of an inch apart. Not trumpet blowing here, but to consolidate on what I have said, many years ago, when I could still do it, I won a Notts Federation Open Trent match on the Nelson Field, one up from the foot bridge, peg 210 I think it was, doubt it's still there now. The peg was around 9 ft deep and using the setup I have described I took 17lbs + of skimmer bream on a homemade balsa and fibre glass stemmed stick float (which I still have) for an easy win. The second weight was 7lb + one peg below me, with the same depth of water. What this illustrates is that the stick float has evolved into an all round tool made of balsa with a range of stem materials. Pete
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