Monster float rig

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Welder, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    Well here goes I am bored and stuck in Aberdeen till april 4. I came up with this rig and have had some great sucess with it for flats and blues, yea yea I fish for blues to. Its a slipfloat rig ya take a 20oz or 1 liter soda bottle take the cap off and slip a large snap swivle under the plastic collar and put the lid back on. Then rig like a slip float with beads and enough weight to keep a big live bait down ( I have used up to 6 ounce bank weights). I have fished this rig below dams in rough currents with a bottom full of nasty rocks and used the back eddie to put it against the dam. Have had it set as deep as 25 ft. Used it to fish nasty log jams and keep my bait a foot off the bottom and out of the timber. Also used it to drift large eddies on the Mo river with sand flats. Ya just gota use your imagination and its a heck of a lot cheaper than a pole float if ya hang it up. It works good with carp up to 12 inches or sunfish for bait. You can get a 30 to 40 yard cast out of it with a 10 ft rod. And ya can put a chem light in it to fish @ night. Hope this helps ya nail more bigg flats.:smile2:
     
  2. RamRod

    RamRod New Member

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    How about some step by step pics of your rig?:wink:
     

  3. ShilohRed

    ShilohRed New Member

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  4. varmint_sniper

    varmint_sniper New Member

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    iam with RAMROD ........How about some step by step pics of your rig?
     
  5. BobbyLee

    BobbyLee New Member

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    Pretty good idea Troy. Seems to me fellas he's just unsnapping the swivel and just hooking it through the plastic ring left on the bottle when you open it. then screwing the cap back on.
     
  6. mankind

    mankind New Member

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    sounds like it would work pretty good plastic bottles are easy to come up with might try it:smile2::wink:
     
  7. keepitsimple

    keepitsimple New Member

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    I've used various size corks and ballons to hold large live bait off the bottom. Softball size slip corks work well in most cases if suspending deep and generally if the bait can pull it down it's not for long from being tired out. Ballons are a cheap out but limited pretty much to 10 ft. I been kicking around a slip system for them.
     
  8. Shawn

    Shawn New Member

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    Sounds like that should work, but the various "pool noodle foam" float rigs folks make work well. I used the solid ones, and super glue a coffee stirrer through the center. Mine are only 4" or so.

    For me the problem with many of these is a flat may spit the bait due to the amount of force needed to pull the float under. Or, does the fish get hooked trying? Either way, I like a float that can be pulled under for those light biting fish....

    Shawn
     
  9. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i use balloons for floating my large baits too. when you want a slip float balloon just use a snap swivel tied to the balloons knot. a line stopper and a bead and you on.

    Shawn, i just use small balloons and not much air. they will pull them down just fine:wink:
     
  10. jagdoctor1

    jagdoctor1 New Member

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    I've considered the soda bottle idea before. Honestly your comment on using a float and the eddy to fish the face of the dam was the most helpfull part in that post. Thanks. I want to try that out for sure. I once tried a 24 oz beer can and it worked out pretty well. I was fishing a point eddy and the fish kept hitting the surface. I didn't catch anything but the can worked well as a float lol.

    While we are on the beverage subject I thought I'd bring up another post I've read before. The guy said when he needs extreme weight to hold down in current he takes a beer/soda can and fills it with sand. Then dips it in water and lets it fill up. The sand is about a pound if I remember his post right. I think he was drilling a hold and putting a heavy swivel through the edge of the can to attach it to his line. It was an intresting post and it's stored in my head for just the right occasion.
     
  11. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    ya, that beer can post was nutty to me. lol
     
  12. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    The ballons sound great for day fishen and would most likely cast farther. Thanks for the idea.
     
  13. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    Put a glowstick inside the ballon not a big one just like a 2-4" one before you blow it up.

    Hope this helps.
     
  14. heyop_erator

    heyop_erator New Member

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    I won some of Reds bobbers and can't wait to try them out. Balloons seem like an in-expensive way to go. Thanks for the info. here
     
  15. flathead_hunter

    flathead_hunter Well-Known Member

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    We use the "pop bottle" rig to retrive snags on the missouri river here works pretty good most of the time... We also float a ballon on the channel side with a small weight about 2oz with a gill or chub... We have caught a lot of flathead doing it
     
  16. olddriller

    olddriller New Member

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    You need to check out Petes (ShiloReds) noodle slip floats. Easy to use and don't cost much. They are better than any you can build.
     
  17. gdlocal10

    gdlocal10 New Member

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    That sounds like a good I dea, Ill have to try that, when the boat is done, thanks for the input