I just got into float fishing on a pin last fall, went out with a couple buddies of mine half a dozen times around the maitland/bayfield river and then last weekend we went to Niagara. I still haven't even hooked into a fish let alone land one, and I know theres a learning curve but I think i need to change something up in my rig. My buddies do fairly well and they've showed me the basics but what they've shown me just doesn't seem to be producing for me. So I have a couple questions to help me out a bit
How long of a leader do you use and do you put any shot on your leader line? Ive been sticking with 3-4ft. of 6lb floro with shot down to about 18" from my hook spaced about 18" apart all the way up to my float, with weight getting heavier as you go up
What do you typically use for bait, or what seems to produce the most for you? I usually stick to either just roe or roe with a pink or chartreuse bead about 3" up from the hook
Am I correct in saying that you want your bait right at the bottom of the water column?
If you know of any guides I can find online to teach me a bit more then please let me know where I can find them, buddy has the raven float guide and said I could borrow it but he's out of town for a week or 2 and I plan on getting out again this weekend somewhere. Other than that just general advice for a new guy would be great, I get the basics of where the fish sit, I just think i need to tweak my rig a bit more
Thanks in advance