SURFACE FISHING will be at the front of mind for many carp fans during spring and summer...

Our floater fishing tips take a hard look at baits.

Today, these are many and varied, but still top the list of favourites are dog and cat biscuits.

Chum Mixer – and indeed supermarket own brands – remain one favourite.

How you hook a hard floating bait like this can make a real difference to your carp catches when floater fishing.

So check out these pictures and floater fishing tips. They could make all the difference to your strike rates!

1 It’s possible to Superglue floating pellets and biscuits to the hook. First, create a shallow groove in the pellet with a junior hacksaw blade or use the serrated blade on your braid scissors. Don’t cut the groove too deep so the hook is buried.2 Squeeze a drop of superglue into the groove. Grip the bend of the hook and press the shank firmly into the groove. Hold it in position for a few seconds to allow the glue to set. Gel superglues take longer to dry and often leave a white residue.3 Elasticated bait bands are the simplest way of attaching hard, floating pellets. The band must be a tight fit to prevent it slipping during casting. Make sure the bait doesn’t twist around the hook masking the point.4 Pop-up boilies are too expensive to pile in as freebies when floater fishing – but stand out well from other floaters on the hook. Hair-rigging with a small, strong hook is recommended. Fish the boilie tight against the hook for effective penetration.

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