SURFACE FISHING will be at the front of mind for many carp fans now that a spell of fine weather is here...

Our floater fishing tips here take a hard look at baits.

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

Chum Mixer – and indeed supermarket own brands – remain core to many anglers’ approach.

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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