This is the heavy duty version of the Blimp. Based on the famous “Chimp” style and shape but with the Hillbilly design and build treatment added for extra strength. The Blimp XS is an all round pattern which can be used with a variety of baits when strength and durability are of prime importance.
It is now built on a 0.7 diameter carbon stem for extra stiffness over its glass predecessor. The stem passes through the tough Tech4 foam body which gives the maximum strength for this type of float. The Blimp XS is fitted with 1.7 diameter hollow Hi-Viz tips and an extra strong stainless steel side eye glued deep inside its body.
It is capable of fishing almost any bait and is available in seven sizes with either red, yellow, green or black tips.
HB Top Tip.
Use the smaller sizes with bulk or spread bulk + droppers and the larger ones with an Olivette + droppers.
I call this one my “secret weapon” as it is so versatile. This float is a “hybrid” between a pellet float and a paste float and has been acclaimed by some as the best skimmer fishing float on the market. See details below for more information.
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.
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.
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.