Andy Little, a legend of Angler's Mail magazine, shares some pointers on choosing the right controller float, like those pictured here, for presenting floating baits for carp...
A simple in-line bubble float is perfect for short range work and also if you want to drift your bait into position.
I find the less water you can get away with the more easily the rig will be carried by the wind into a potential hotspot.
For weedy swims and around lily pads I prefer an Exocet model which can be fished on a small lead safety clip.
By using it this way, in the event of the controller getting snagged can easily be automatically jettisoned to give you a better chance of landing the fish.
The newish ‘Dalek’ shaped job is brilliant for when you need to offer floating hook baits at long range to reach the carp.
It also has a unique design where the hook link comes off at right angles to the main line during the cast so it flies out helicopter-style which is less likely to allow the hook link to wrap around the main line.
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