What is a pellet waggler ?
A pellet waggler is a short,
thick float, used by anglers when
fishing for carp and other species of fish that are feeding on or
near the surface of the water.
These floats are made from materials such as balsa wood or high
density foam. This makes them ultra buoyant, which helps to lessen
the diving under the water when cast.
About the pellet waggler
Pellet wagglers are used on many commercial fisheries and have
accounted for some massive weights in fishing matches and for
pleasure anglers. The main purpose of the float is to present a bait
in the top 2 or 3 foot of water. If fishing deeper than this then a
normal fishing waggler may be better.
Since the emergence of the pellet waggler, manufacturers have come
up with a few different styles. Some floats have a flight built into
the top of the stem similar to the flight of an arrow. The reason
behind this is that when casting the float, it will travel through
the air straighter. Another version has a flat base, similar to a
washer placed at the bottom of the stem. The theory for this is that
it will aid in stopping the float from diving under the surface like
a normal pellet waggler, thus not as likely to scare the carp or
other fish that are feeding on the surface.
Pellet wagglers can be purchased either loaded or unloaded. There
are pro's and cons for both and the choice is the preference of the
Although called a 'pellet waggler', pellets are not the only bait
that can be used with them. Almost any bait can be used with the wag
such as sweetcorn, meat, particle baits, maggots . . . . some
anglers stand by sinking pellets as the best bait for this type of
A small selection of
the different types of pellet waggler.
Setting up a pellet waggler rig.
. . see diagram below
There are a few ways to set up a pellet waggler, loaded and non
loaded, with and without
hair rigs but I will describe a very simple method for a non loaded
First choose the float you are going to use. For example I will say this
is a 2SSG.
Thread the main line through the eye at the end of the float and
slide the float up
about 2ft (30cm).
Pinch an SSG shot onto the line under the float in this position.
Now pinch another SSG shot above the float eye (trapping the float
Fold the end of the line over a couple of inches (5cm) and tie a loop in
it. This is
used to tie your
you use will depend on what bait you will be using and what fish
Using a short hook length (with a lesser breaking strain than the
main line) of
around 6 inches (15cm)
appropriate hook, tie this to the loop.
Attach your bait and that's
it, all set up.