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 Post Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:33 pm 
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Hi all,

I recently bought a Fox Exocet to do some floater fishing with but I found that when I cast it out it bombs into the water making loads of noise and splashes.

Is this normal? Wouldn't it spook the fish away? And also I put a mixer on a bait band and attach it to my hook but I find that everytime I cast it out and it bombs into the water my mixer gets knocked off is my hooklink too short? It's about 5-6 inches long...

Also what would be the best sort of line to use as a hooklink? Braid or mono?


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 Post subject: Re: Fox Exocet
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 7:53 pm 
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A) your hooklink should be 6ft not 6inches
B) cast past the feeding fish and draw your bait into the kill zone
C) always use light clear mono of around 8lb, Ultima Power Zig is superb
D) hook a 12mm cork ball using a size 12 kurved hook, sod bait bands

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Exocet
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6 foot? :o cor didn't realise it was meant to be that long, no wonder my bait falls off lol! Thanks for the info thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: Fox Exocet
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most would indeed use a hooklength of between 5 and 10 feet long, longer rather than shorter

however......once i had fish trying to eat my controller as is quite a normal occurrence

i decided to try something different :idea:

nah i didnt put a set of trebles on it :lol:

i put a 6 inch hooklength on and had 4 fish from the off albeit smaller stamp :!: hard-ish water too

later i glued a drinking straw into the side of the controller float and had the hooklength hanging out of it with a sinking bait (banded pellet) it worked but it kept breaking and wasnt as exciting as watching the mixer and then watching for the twitch in the hooklength as it straigtens

plus i had to use a stronger line and i wasnt enjoying it as much :?

i now use 10ft almost exclusively and prefer a normal 2-6lb mono as i find it much better than pre-stretched crap as the stretch allows lighter lines to be used if used in long lengths

i've not done it yet but i reckon i could land a 30 on 2.4lb bayer perlon :D


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 Post subject: Re: Fox Exocet
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just as its gonna hit the water trap the line it will land much softer without so much splash

welshy it would take you about 6 hours to bring a 30 in on a 2lb mono lol be funny to watch though and would deffo get you more bites

i use 10lb gamma line exclusivly for my floater fishing

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 Post subject: Re: Fox Exocet
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I did use the free float that you get with the summer carp edition of Anglers Mail with a 5-6 inch hooklink and caught 3 carp off the top lol but I got the Fox one because I thought I'd be able to cast a bit further with it.


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I've started using Gardner flatliners, inline, streamlined and I can chuck one around 70-80 yards need be.

Power zig from Ultima is great, its hollow so stays afloat for ages

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I've been using them Fox Exocet controllers recently. Like them because they are attached with a kind of lead clip attachment so you can change the weight of the controller easily. I use a 6 foot length of 10lb Drennan double strength with a small bait band and mixer on the back of a size 10 Raptor and i'm away. Managed to pick one off today actually at 16lb. :D
When you cast feather the line just before it hits the surface allowing the hook/bait to fly over the back of the controller away from it. This will stop the controller splashing into the water and give some seperation between the controller and hook.

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