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Post  Andy Webster on Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:08 pm

Floats are my favourite choice but I often couple them up with front alarms. When the float moves it sets the pulse racing, tells me which way the pike is travelling (or not), and I think it offers less resistance to the pike and the bite indication is is more instant as there is no line stretch between a lead and float where as there can be with the greater distance between a lead and an alarm.

What is your choice and why?

Andy


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Post  nickcarpy on Thu Sep 08, 2011 7:18 am

Andy Webster wrote:Floats are my favourite choice but I often couple them up with front alarms. When the float moves it sets the pulse racing, tells me which way the pike is travelling (or not), and I think it offers less resistance to the pike and the bite indication is is more instant as there is no line stretch between a lead and float where as there can be with the greater distance between a lead and an alarm.

What is your choice and why?

Andy
yep same for me,float the very best for indication and i also fish front alarms[delks txi,s].its nice when float fishing if you need that extra warning ie if trying rigs,pouring a brew ect Very Happy
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Post  piketastic on Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:33 pm

I do 90% of my fishing with my front alarms. But there is no better sight in piking than the float/bobbin beginning to slide away.
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Post  tootall on Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:00 pm

I find that I have better results fishing rear drop offs but like to watch a float, as i usually only fish with 2 rods i tend to have one set up on each.

As some of you know i also started trotting for pike with a centrepin last season and that was terrific fun if wanting to travel light and cover loads of water.
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Post  Lefty on Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:15 am

Float is my favourite for the reasons stated above: great sensitivity and indication.

I also use leger with rear drop off indicator but my first choice is the float whenever possible.

I've never thought to use the alarm whilst float fishing. It makes sense, as you've said, Nick.
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Post  Gerry_Pike on Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:34 am

I prefer the drop off indicator, love to see it twitch and bob about before it falls off as a fish takes the bait and runs.


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Post  paddy pike on Sat Sep 10, 2011 2:37 pm

I have allways been a float nut, Just like the piece and quet haha, It may be old hat these days but its my favourite Very Happy
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Post  craigpix2000 on Sat Sep 10, 2011 7:47 pm

floats for me aswell Very Happy
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Post  adie1200 on Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:41 pm

Float for me Wink
You can't beat seeing a pike float sail away Laughing Laughing
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Post  Richard Neath on Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:22 pm

The waters I tend to fish are great big glacial monsters up in the Highlands, often with deep water very close in after a steep drop off and to see a float twitch, bob and then slide away into the depths is simply superb. I used to use floats almost exclusively and only bought front optonic bite alarms recently when I started doing longer sessions, as having to concentrate on 2 floats for 3 days can be a bit of a chore (like watching the world's longest tennis match). Also, I'd hate to nod off after a poor night's sleep and be unaware of a run so, for practicality a rear mounted fox bobbin and front mounted optonic is the combination I tend to use most.

Still rather watch a float though...
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Post  Andy Webster on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:48 pm

Only 3 of 14 have gone for the drop-off indicator. And I thought that was generally considered the pikers preffered method. Obviously not if this poll is anything to go by. Front alarms are ahead at the moment.

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Post  Andy Webster on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:52 pm

adie1200 wrote:Float for me Wink
You can't beat seeing a pike float sail away Laughing Laughing

I agree Adie.

But are floats more effective than alarms?

I think so, as long as I am looking at them! And thats why I also put my rods on a front alarm. Just because my eyes and concentration wander around.

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Post  nickcarpy on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:54 pm

Andy Webster wrote:Only 3 of 14 have gone for the drop-off indicator. And I thought that was generally considered the pikers preffered method. Obviously not if this poll is anything to go by. Front alarms are ahead at the moment.

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makes you think andy,those who have the drop offs swear by them or is it more practical front alarms because it suits their summer fishing aswell? Question
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Post  nickcarpy on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:55 pm

female joggers by any chance lol! lol! lol!
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Post  Andy Webster on Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:56 pm

nickcarpy wrote:
Andy Webster wrote:Only 3 of 14 have gone for the drop-off indicator. And I thought that was generally considered the pikers preffered method. Obviously not if this poll is anything to go by. Front alarms are ahead at the moment.

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makes you think andy,those who have the drop offs swear by them or is it more practical front alarms because it suits their summer fishing aswell? Question

Good point Nick

I think they are more practical and more sensitive.

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Post  adie1200 on Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:51 pm

Andy Webster wrote:
adie1200 wrote:Float for me Wink
You can't beat seeing a pike float sail away Laughing Laughing

I agree Adie.

But are floats more effective than alarms?

I think so, as long as I am looking at them! And thats why I also put my rods on a front alarm. Just because my eyes and concentration wander around.

Andy

Most of my float fishing i do free roaming Andy But i do use alarms if i am using leads with a float or rear drop offs and front alarms when legering Apart from when we have a fish in as its a waste of time as we never catch anything anyway lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!
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Post  Andy Macfarlane on Tue Sep 20, 2011 9:40 pm

Andy Webster wrote:Only 3 of 14 have gone for the drop-off indicator. And I thought that was generally considered the pikers preffered method. Obviously not if this poll is anything to go by. Front alarms are ahead at the moment.

Andy

Aren't most folk using front alarms, using them in conjunction with drop-off indicators anyway??
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Post  ginger321 on Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:57 pm

ive always used front alarm and fox pike swingers for ledgering deads as thats my prefered method.
I do agree though theres nothing to match a deadbait pencil standing up then sliding away Wink
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Post  jon123 on Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:10 am

Float for me nothing better than seeing it bob under and slide away with hopefully a nice big pike on the end Wink

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Post  noodle on Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:40 am

Andy Macfarlane wrote:
Andy Webster wrote:Only 3 of 14 have gone for the drop-off indicator. And I thought that was generally considered the pikers preffered method. Obviously not if this poll is anything to go by. Front alarms are ahead at the moment.

Andy

Aren't most folk using front alarms, using them in conjunction with drop-off indicators anyway??

Probably and id love to meet the man who can concentrate on three or four rods with floats on.

Drop offs anyone care to guess why they are the only option for baitfishing?
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Post  Richard Neath on Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:04 am

I think the issue here is that, in an ideal world - flat calm, close range fishing etc etc - most people would prefer to use a float - i.e. in answer to the question, the float is their preferred method. But, as many people have said, it's just not practical a lot of the time and, as Andy pointed out, it's not possible to watch 3 or 4 floats at the same time.

I always use a float on one rod (in conjunction with a front indicator) and a bottom bait on the other with a drop off and front indicator. That way, I've only got one float to watch.
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Post  adie1200 on Mon Oct 10, 2011 4:55 pm


Four rods with floats on. lol! yer that would be a bit silly wouldn't it Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

2 floats are enough for me to watch noodle Wink Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

I don't use 3 or 4 rods i only use 2 and a lure rod set up incase i fancy a change Wink Very Happy
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Post  tootall on Mon Oct 10, 2011 5:47 pm

Generally for me its float on 1 rod and a BBB rear drop off alarm on the other with any legering tactics.
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Post  paddy pike on Mon Oct 10, 2011 9:52 pm

adie1200 wrote:
Four rods with floats on. lol! yer that would be a bit silly wouldn't it Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

2 floats are enough for me to watch noodle Wink Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

I don't use 3 or 4 rods i only use 2 and a lure rod set up incase i fancy a change Wink Very Happy
You and me both adie Very Happy
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Post  stubbo on Tue Oct 11, 2011 10:43 am

front alarms for me and dropp offs normally but depends on the venue but if fishing the margins a float does best
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