The Critter is a very strong float designed for fishing heavier baits such as meat and corn fished on the deck. This float is built on a 0.8 diameter flexible fibreglass stem and has a double taper Tech3 foam body. The stem passes right through the floats body and into the 2mm diameter Hi Viz tip making this a very durable float suitable for venues where large weights of fish are taken at short to mid pole range.
This float can be fitted with a strong side eye, a standard spring eye or a Finesse type stainless steel spring eye. Best fished with a spread bulk and droppers and due to the 2mm diameter tip can be used in windy conditions with the bait fished “laid on”.
Available in four sizes 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5 with red, yellow, green or black tips.
HB Top Tips
When making up your Critter rig use two float rubbers with them both positioned towards the bottom end of the stem. This allows the float to work as designed because when the line tightens on a big fish the stem flexes and this stops the line trying to cut into the corner of the body. Try it and see.
Designed mainly with meat and corn fishing in mind. Most effective when used within a distance from the bank that allows feed to be introduced by hand. The noise of a constant stream of six to ten pieces of meat hitting the water will attract any hungry fish in the area. If line bites become a problem shallow up the rig an inch at a time until you only get real bites.
0.2g, 0.3g, 0.4g, 0.5g
Black, Green, Red, Yellow
Finesse spring eye, Standard spring eye, Strong side eye
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 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.
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.
Originally developed for the big deep open waters encountered on the Australian “coarse” match scene this float will tackle almost any conditions here in the UK. . See details below for more information.
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.
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.