reverse pear shape is mostly associated with
running water venues, there are times when
this float works exceptionally well on still
water. That is when there is a strong tow
caused by the wind.
The need to hold back in a tow is very
important to produce a still bait
presentation, for many reasons, sometimes
the top flow is going the opposite way to
the bottom drift, and some fish prefer
static baits presented to them. Sometimes
the presentation of the bait will need to go
with the tow other times the opposite way
from the top surface.
the reason, this float does that job best.
The still water type of reverse pear float
would carry a longer as this helps to see a
bite in choppy or wind wave conditions.
I have a
preference in bristles on Stillwater pole
floats, this I leant from the French
anglers; there is no finer or more sensitive
float than a metal bristle type, suspended
above the surface with float grease. In my
experiences this sensitive method, produces
fish when other type of bristle don't.
estimate the tow on a Stillwater, I have
caught fish as much as three meters away
from where I introduced the bait into the
swim, and the opposite direction of the wind
The wind creates a tow on the surface which
hits the bank and then circulates underneath
causing an underwater tow. In some cases the
whole lake will respond in a circle drift.
can combat those types of conditions with a
bulk down and the help of the pole ease the
float in the swim in the opposite way, until
you start to get bites.
Using this method and float has won me many
competitions on still water lakes, one in
particular was an invitation match on
Mallory Park, the event was sponsored by
Dave Halls angling magazine, I drew in the
corner of the lake, and not a good draw,
next to me was angling journalist Keith
Arthur. The wind produced a tow and I
managed to overcome this and ended the match
with 14lb of skimmers only getting beat by
big carp for the match.
with the type of float in a drift is another
excellent method, once you have located the
feeding fish in the swim.
Holding and releasing in a drift, also
produce some good responses. This time going
with the flow and an underwater drift may be
going the same way.
STILL WATER REVERSE PEAR
FLOAT CONVERSION GUIDE
3x10 = 0.10g (2 x No10 shot)
4x10 = 0.15g (3 x No9 shot)
4x12 = 0.2g (5x No10 shot)
4x14 = 0.4g (6 x No8 shot)
4x16 = 0.5g (8x No8 shot)
4x18 = 0.75g (3 x No3 shot)
4x20 = 1g (4 x No3 shot)
5x20 = 1.25g (5 x No3 shot)