SELECTING the correct pole floats can be the difference between winning and losing in match fishing. Here are some tips to help make sure that you are always on top of your game.



The nearside margins should never be ignored on heavily stocked commercials, along with island features and reachable far bank havens.

Very often the fish will feed very tight to margin cover, although on some occasions they might drop down the ledge into slightly deeper water.

Fishing open water can be productive at all depths, normally starting on the deck, but be prepared to shallow up if fish start competing hard for loose feed.


Thick tipped floats, like the models shown here, are very popular for margin and long range feature fishing. They work well in shallow water for pushing rigs tight to cover.

These are really elongated dibber style floats but their longer stems make them less tangle prone. They can also be used set shallow in open water, when fish are competing for loose feed.

Thicker tipped floats like this are good for presenting big baits like meat, corn and large pellets because they don’t sink too easily.


Pole floats with medium diameter sight tips cover most open water fishing. The models pictured here have extra robust side eyes and are primarily aimed at carp.

Generally this type of float is fished at full depth, covering all pole lengths from a few metres out to long range. Tip materials vary between nylon, cane and hollow plastic.

These floats are suitable for presenting all popular baits like pellets, maggots, casters, worm, sweetcorn, paste and small cubes of luncheon meat.


Fine tipped floats with streamlined bodies are worth considering as back up if carp don’t show in big numbers.

Many commercials now offer great stocks of silver fish, which can bring good results in their own right, or they can help to boost carp weights during quieter spells.

Fibre tips are really useful because they are both sensitive and highly visible. These fine tipped floats work best with strung shot or Stotz weights, looking to catch fish at all depths in open water.