This design is one of my own favourites. The Billy-Bob is my “does it all” float for commercial and snake lake fishing and can be used to present a wide range of baits. See details below for more information.
The Billy Bob is one of my own favourites. The Billy-Bob is my “does it all” float for commercial and snake lake fishing. It is built on a 0.9 diameter flexible fibreglass stem which gives the float a very strong foundation plus built in stability. This stem passes right through the Tech1 foam double tapered body and enters the 27mm long 1.5mm diameter HI Viz hollow plastic tip.
The float is fitted with either a standard side eye securely glued 12mm deep into the body or a choice of a standard or Finesse type stainless steel spring eye fixed to the base of the tip. The tough 1.5mm diameter tip of this float makes it suitable for a whole range of baits and shotting styles but I use it with a spread bulk and droppers for light baits and just a spread bulk with heavier baits such as corn the weight of which can be used to settle the float to the tip.
Available in five sizes 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 with red, yellow, green or black tips.
HB Top Tips
I tend to use the spring eyed version in the summer or where larger carp are present and the side eye model in the colder months or when silver fish are a factor as it aids reading the dropper shots as they settle.
When used with small baits keep lifting and dropping the rig by the distance between the spread bulk and hook to attract bites. If using a heavy bait like corn on a sloping lake bed let the weight of the corn sink the float then ease the rig up the slope until just the tip of the bristle is showing.
The HB Redneck is my first choice of paste float for general paste fishing. Similar to its cousin the HB Shindig but much stronger it is built on a long 1mm diameter flexible glass stem which passes right through the very strong Tech3 foam oval shaped body and supports the first 20mm of the 1.7 mm diameter x 50mm long hollow Hi Viz tip. The float is fitted with a choice of two types of stainless steel spring eye securely glued to the base of the antennae making the HB Redneck a very strong animal indeed and can also be supplied without an eye for those that prefer to use an extra float rubber instead. Having a tip length of around 50mm makes this model very suitable for the paste fishing it was designed for but it also works very well for larger baits such as corn or meat when there is a need to bury the line beneath the surface. It is best fished with a spread bulk for paste or a spread bulk and droppers for corn etc. HB Top Tip People often shy away from fishing paste if there is a strong undertow in their swim. However if you position just enough shot a couple of inches from the hook to hold the unbaited rig still and then adjust the remaining shot so that when the undertow takes full effect there is half the tip showing you will stop the water movement pulling the hook out of the paste. Bites will be big lifts of the float or savage dips sometimes pulling the elastic out of the pole before you can strike.
A strong innovative design for fishing at long distance on the pole although it can also be employed for those deeper than average short to middle distance lines. See details below for more information.
Designed with the help of and named after top southern paste angler Dave (Pikey) Pearson this is the float to use for fishing paste in those 18” to 3 feet deep margin swims. . See description below for more information.
A good all round sensitive design for fishing canals and commercials with light tackle and small baits such as bread punch, pinkie, and bloodworm plus as the name suggests squatts. See details below for more information.
A super sensitive float aimed at F1 fishing with small soft pellets or maggot on the commercial Snake Lakes but equally at home fishing punch and squatts on your local canal. See details below for more information.