Lift Method Float Fishing


One of the best ways I have found to fish is not very often used anymore, this method is perfect for most smaller sized commercial fisheries.  It is simplicity in its design but is a deadly setup when used properly, so what is this method?

It is the good old fashioned “Lift Method”.  The lift method is deadly for Carp, Tench, Bream and any other fish around 1lb or bigger.  To set this rig up you will need a float, a hook, a swivel and some swan shot as well as your rod, reel and line.

So how does it work?  The basic idea is to get a hook length of around 18″ and tie it to the swivel, whilst I’m talking about the hook length I have used both a normally tied hook and also a hair rigged hook with great success.  Now take the line that is attached to your rod and reel and place two float rubbers on it now tie your line to the other side of the swivel leaving a long loose end of the line sometimes called a “tail”.

The next thing to do is attach your float to your main line, to do this put your float into the two float rubbers one at the bottom of the float and the other about 5cm up the float.  You should now be able to adjust the float along your line with a small amount of pressure.  Now attach enough Swan Shot to the “tail” that you left on so that it sinks “over shots” the float and then trim any excess off.

To set the lift method up correctly you want to set the depth of your float so that the tip of the float is just showing above the water or even just under the water.  The idea being that when a fish takes your bait most of the time the shot will be lifted off the lake bed which will result in your float lifting out of the water sometimes even so much that it lays flat on the surface of the water, hence why it is called the “Lift Method”.

As far as hook bait goes I have had great success on Maggots, Bait-Tech Jelly Pellets, Bait-Tech Mini Boilies, Bait-Tech Xpand Pellets, Bait-Tech Halibut Meat, Bait-Tech N-Tice and Bait-Tech Halibut Carp Paste.  You can even attach a PVA bag or PVA stick to get a nice tight clump of bait around your hook.  I use my own floats that I specifically make for this type of fishing but you can use any float that will fit into the float rubbers without damaging your line.

3 Responses to Lift Method Float Fishing

  1. Kevin June 14, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    What size hook , eight , ten , I use a centerpin when float fishing ,I like your rig .

  2. Kevin June 14, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    I like porcupine quill floats attached two float stops ,your rig solves the problem of attaching shot to thick lines without damaging it

  3. K ,Woolner June 28, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I favour a centerpin reel and Avon rod for this style of fishing .

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