Field Test Favorites: The Ultimate Fishing Float
The Ultimate Fishing Float offers a new way to present baits when fishing for tuna, sharks, swords or any other species requiring a spread of baits suspended unders. Sure, balloons do the job, but they have their drawback, not the least of which is having the balloons left behind in the water after a fish strikes. Balloons also come with other headaches, such as flying out of slippery hands when inflating them in a rush, popping as you knot them around the line, shrinking shortly after deployment thanks to overlooked pinholes and, my least favorite part about fishing with balloons, the struggle to get them off the line while fighting a fish. The Ultimate Fishing Float eliminates many of these problems. The Ultimate Fishing Float isn’t exactly a , but a clip that screws onto plastic coke bottles, which serve as the float. The Ultimate Fishing Float has a snap that is secured around the line, and a flat-line-style clip that keeps the bait at the specified depth and releases when a fish strikes, which allows the float to slide up the line where it doesn’t interfere with the fight. My first chance to use them came during the 2012 Oak Bluffs Monster Shark Tournament. When I was in position to wire our first shark, I simply unsnapped the clip from the line, removing the entire float and continued on to my wiring duties.
The use of clear bottles as floats has several advantages, including being less obtrusive than colored balloons when trying to draw finicky bluefin to the surface and allowing for the easy addition of a glowstick when fishing for swordfish at night. For a simple and eco-friendly float system, convert used Coca-Cola bottles into the ultimate retrievable fishing float and give the balloons and the ocean a break.