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Written by Rocky Madsen   
Saturday, 01 June 1996
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Late Spring - Early Summer Crappie Patterns
Fixed Floats
Slip Floats


This float attaches to the line using several methods; a notched float with a spring at the bottom to keep the line in place (Diagram 18 c, d,), with the line attaching to the bottom of the shaft of the float. The advantage of this float is it is easily attached and removed from your line.

This style is a good choice when you're fishing with 1 to 8 feet of line under the float, and you are working within 20 feet of the boat. It also works good in windy conditions. When you pull or twitch a fixed float towards you, it will keep the jig at a consistent depth -- a big advantage when you want to keep your jig at that constant depth while working a specific area. Because the line is attached at the bottom, you will also stay in better contact with the fish.

The disadvantage of fixed floats is that they tend to be hard on your line because the spring that keeps the line in place can cut it. These floats are also harder to cast because of the two weights (the float and the jig) hurdling through the air. But, with a little practice, you'll have it down pat.

The second fixed float example is similar to the spring float, but has a hole at the bottom through which the line passes instead of a notch and a spring. The line is then secured to the float with some sort of elastic to prevent it from slipping. The fishing characteristics of this float is the same as the mentioned above for the spring float. (Diagram 9.2 b,) This float can also be used as slip float with a bobber-stopper on the line. Disadvantages of this float are that the line below the float tends to ride up under windy conditions, and it takes longer to attach it to, and remove it from your line.

The last fixed float we need to consider is the type where you have a hole (as above) through the bottom of the float shaft, and the float bulb is removed to allow you to change depths (Diagram 9.2 b,). When the float shaft is inserted back into the float bulb, it pinches the line against the shaft, securing the float in position at a specific depth. This model is one of the best all-round fixed floats. It's fishing characteristic would be a cross between the fixed floats and the stop floats.

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