Baggin Waggler

Revolutionising carp fishing at a venue near you? If you haven’t heard of this awesome method then you should have done. Check it out…

With summer fast approaching and the water temperature ever increasing, it can only mean one thing…it’s time for carp. Here we discuss the top reservoir/ lake carp method that everyone is talking about, the “BAGGIN WAGGLER”. This thick, bulbous, balsa bodied float with a method feeder attached to the bottom of it, is murdering carp at a venue near you!

Although not a new method of fishing, the baggin waggler was first introduced about four years ago, it is still unheard of or undiscovered for many anglers up and down the country. The design is quite simple, a balsa shaft body, approx 200mm in length and 20mm in width tapered at each end with a method, frame, coil, or cage feeder glued into the bottom of the float for squeezing groundbait to. This method is primarily used for carp fishing on large waters. The waggler is loaded up with groundbait, cast out, and as the float hits the water it instantly starts to disperse the particles of bait from the feeder, bringing the fish up in the water to feed and see what the commotion is all about. This method is proving very productive throughout the warmer months on our local Drayton, Clattercote and Boddington reservoirs to name but a few.

The baggin waggler is attached to the line in a slightly different way to normal waggler fishing. The line is tied to the swivel attached to the bottom end of the feeder, and not running, with a stop shot either side like a conventional float. The line is attached in two knots, the main line, direct from the reel, in a knot on one side of the swivel and the hook length tied to the other side, giving you a fixed rig style set up. But how do I vary the depth? I hear you ask. All you need to do is have several different size hook lengths set up ready. A popular starting point when setting up, is to fish your baggin waggler about half depth, then as the fish start to feed more confidently you can shallow up and catch them nearer the surface. Your groundbait mix needs to be light and fluffy, but also able to stick to the feeder without to much pressure needed. The consistency of the groundbait is probably the most important part about baggin waggler fishing, if the mix is too soft, it will not stick to the feeder making casting it out with anything still attached impossible. If the mix is too stodgy, it will bind to the feeder well, but will not disperse the feed when you want it to. Getting the correct consistency really can mean the difference between “baggin” or not. Fished successfully, the baggin waggler can produce bag weights in excess of two hundred pounds on some waters, with many anglers believing that the carp are as much attracted to the splash of the waggler, as they are the bait.

There are a few manufactures, which make these feeder floats although they are not very widely available. Local match star and open organiser Dick Ashby, is one such maker of the baggin waggler. With a string of carp open match titles to his name, Dick decided that the shop bought wagglers were good, but were not quite right, so he proceeded to make his own. After a few different design variations, Dick now has a float, which we believe is perfect!