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I know a lot of people using floats on their rigs to keep their bait off the bottom and away from crabs. Two questions: (1) Is there a rule of thumb for how large the float has to be compared to the bait? I know you'd like to keep it as small as possible--a big float will presumably take some distance out of your cast--but if it ain't doing the job, there's not much point.
(2) Where do you get your floats?

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I don't know of a formula to figure float size but there is another consideration, current. A fireball rig will pull a weight along that would ordinarily hold. Another reason for using as small a float as possible. Granpa
 

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Galyans in Rockville sells rigs with floats.
In same aisle as snelled hooks, sinkers, etc.
 

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I try to stay away from any plastic float and use the cork ones with the plastic pegs.

I use large cork floats at AI during the Summer shark run and it kills your casting distance. With a large fish head though, you sometimes do not have any choice.

Remember, crabs swim and use your cork floats to hold on to when they are eating your bait. ;)
 

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Hi Barracuda,

Have you ever seen a crab swim? Some fish prefer the bait off of the bottom. I have found that to be a better use for a float rig. I stopped using float rigs for crabs after the crabs continued to steal my baits. A few years ago I placed a baited float rig in two feet of crystal clear water at Romancoke. The crabs just loved it. They had a feast while I watched. :(
 

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Baracuda, I bought several rigs with the cork float already attached to them at Sports Authority in Glen Burnie don't know if they work any better than rigs without floats but I guess it doesn't hurt either. ;)
 

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Well, okay, so much the better. If floats don't protect your bait from crabs particularly well, and they surely cost you at least some distance on the cast, I'll just leave 'em off.

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I also incorperate cork floats in my flounder rigs, the small tappered ones like used for Crappie fishing. After on my leader I can slide them up or down depending on conditions, peggin with a toothpick. The tappered design works well in current, and seems to have enough lift to keep my killies off the bottom, plus I like the added color as an attractant.
 
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