Kick-start your fishing: Choose the right waggler

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There are so many types of wagglers available that choosing which type to use can be confusing – straight or inserted, peacocks or plastic wagglers! News Reel takes the mystery out of setting up a waggler…

Insert wagglerInsert Wagglers
Wagglers are a good choice for still waters like the lakes found at White Acres. They have a tip section which is thinner than the main length of the float. This increases the sensitivity to provide less resistance to a shy biting fish.

StraightWagTipCloseUpThe Straight Waggler has the same thickness in the tip as it does in the stem. This gives more buoyancy for those occasions when you want to drag line on the bottom for example when the lake is towing hard. This one is part loaded with the weight in the base.


Wagglers like this Drennan Puddle Chucker are useful when you have to cast a fair distance to shallow water so a long float would be inappropriate. They are also good when fishing shallow as they make more of a splash which can attract inquisitive feeding carp.

Base eyeBase eye
Most modern wagglers come with the base eye built into a peg that can also if you prefer, take the rubber float adapters. These come either with a swivel at one end or without a swivel but offering a small hole through which the line passes.

Attaching The WagglerAttaching the waggler
The waggler is threaded onto the reel line using the eye built into the base. If the waggler does not have an eye a rubber float adapter is used. These float adapters are good for beginners because you can quickly change float size if you find your first choice too light or too heavy. Lock the float in place on the line using larger shot either side of the float.

Locking ShotLocking shot
Use larger shot for the locking shot. The idea is the bulk of the shot required are around the float. With the wagglers usually requiring 3-4 AAA shot it makes sense to use AAA’s as locking shot. These are Anchor’s Pro XS variety which are streamlined. (AAAcloseUp)

Take Care
When placing the shot on the line, if you make sure that all the shot are facing the same way with the splits in line they will hang better avoiding kinks in the line.

Small gap
Leave a small gap between the locking shot so that the float will ‘collapse’ nicely when you strike Take care with shotinto a fish. This reduces the resistance on the strike.Leave a small gap

Dropper Shot
With the large bulk locking shot around the float the small dropper shot can be spaced out at intervals between the float and the hook. This will create a controlled drop of the bait through the water. As these droppers settle you will see the tip of the floatDropper Shot sink to it’s final position. If a fish intercepts the bait as it is falling it will prevent the dropper from registering on the float tip. In turn the float tip will ‘hold up’ signalling a bite so strike! Of course many times the float will just disappear giving more traditional bite.

The waggler is a great way to catch fish on the White Acres lakes. You can cast it tight to an island or into open water where it will score with all species. Because of the size of the fish at White Acres a 4-6 lb breaking strain reel line is advised for the waggler rig with hook lengths from 0.12 mm to 0.16 mm depending on the size of the fish expected. Strong hook patterns are also recommended in sizes 18-12 depending on size of hook bait in use. Follow our tips and you should find the waggler a doddle.