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How to Tie a Surface Float Rig

The surface float is used to present a bait in the top layer of the water and is suitable for mullet, garfish and mackerel.

Surface Float Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Surface controller float; size depends upon the weight being supported including the bait

A sbirolino float can be substituted for better casting.

sbirolino surface float

Optional split shot

1 x small swivel

1 x 600 to 1500mm 5 – 12lb BS clear nylon or fluorocarbon, length depends on depth to be fished

1 x 10 to 1 hook; size of hook will depend upon target species and bait size

The Rig Body

1. Tie the hook to one end of the nylon or fluorocarbon line.

2. Tie on a swivel to the other end.

3. Thread the mainline through the top of the controller float or through the sbirolino (tubing faces the rod) and tie to swivel.

4. Fix the shot if required between the float and the hook.


controller surface float

There are numerous sources of terminal tackle both locally and on-line, here are a few suggestions –

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