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Want to buy some floats for catfishing tomorrow at BASS PRO, I will mainly be using them with 2 to 3 ounce weights for channel cats. I know BASS PRO has them but how can you tell the size float you need for the weight used. Also do they sell floats made for river fishing or is there a way to make one from the round colored sponge floats that walmart sells during SUMMER time, got one at home / the ones that are around 5-6 feet long, thought it might make a good float if I had the nohow.
 

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i have heard of people tyeing fishing line around those big noddles and kind of using them like you would if you were jug fishing as far as a float for a rod and reel i use a 8 inch float with i think a 3oz weight.[not sure] you Can always go the trial and error method. as far as fishing in the river i use them all the times all i do is cast up river as far as i can and let it drift back down just make sure you keep your slack reeled in and be ready for the bite.:)
 

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Check out Maine-Wolfe Products, they are a BOC sponsor.

Johnny and Gene make an EXCELLENT product that is reasonably priced. You can get their floats sized for the weight you are going to use and they are rugged and durable. I have been using them since they started and still have the same floats. All I have done is get more in different sizes.

And they have a BOC special on now.

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Tee beat me to it.
For what your wanting I think the only way to go would be Maine Wolfe products. I dont think Bass Pro is going to have what your looking for. If your looking for some big cigar balsa wood floats you may want to try some of your pawn shops. I picked up 20 almost brand new floats years ago for 15 bucks. Pretty good since they are usually 3-4 dollars a piece.
 

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Just curious. Why do use so big weights for channel cat float rigs. If for jugging, the noodle jugs with hollow PVC core are the best.
 

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Neill, if you punch that thing into youtube you can see videos showing what it does. Generally it is a wire twister to make different spinners.
 

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I have found that some of those small metal spinners don't spin well until you pull baits around 1mph. Most of the time I pull at .6 to .8mph. These are the spinners I use and they spin even at .4mph. I've also found that adding a small plastic bead between the spinner and the swivel/hook/etc causes less friction to occur making the spinner operate at a lower speed. If you're fishing the Missouri you won't have the same needs I do when pulling baits around a lake. Your rigs look great man!

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I have found that some of those small metal spinners don't spin well until you pull baits around 1mph. Most of the time I pull at .6 to .8mph. These are the spinners I use and they spin even at .4mph. I've also found that adding a small plastic bead between the spinner and the swivel/hook/etc causes less friction to occur making the spinner operate at a lower speed. If you're fishing the Missouri you won't have the same needs I do when pulling baits around a lake. Your rigs look great man!

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Thanks! The bead on top of the propeller bead has smaller beads in it so they rattle. I’m working on a propeller bead now that already has the smaller beads in it. That way they will rattle in the current with just the propeller bead. The comal rattle floats only rattle when you lift the tip of your rod up, having the propeller bead will make it so you just need a little bit of current over the bead.
 

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Thanks Steve, I didn't actually know their intended application. There is a tackle shop in Mooresville IN called Tackle Service Center and they carry a full line of equipment to build your own lures. I've used these blades, two-blade metal blades and plastic quad blades, and the tri-blades have worked best for my rigs. Placing the blade between the float/demon dragon and the hook has proven to work best for me.
 

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How did you cast them?
That is a standard blade for bass fishing. They catch a little wind while casting but not too bad. Look at any of the current bass buzzbaits and the blade is the same size just 2 blades usually. I have a couple I made that have a metal arm that hangs down and makes a knocking noise as it spins. They work!
 
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