Frankie Gianoncelli tells you everything you need to know about Wafters...
What are they?
“Wafters are 8mm in size, and basically visual hookbaits that are highly attractive and very robust, available in several colours and flavours. The ‘wafter’ nature of them means that they are semi-buoyant, counteracting the weight of a hook so that when a fish sucks-up to engulf one, it easily sucks it in, meaning you hook more fish.”
When and why are Wafters effective?
“Wafters make the perfect rod and line hookbait for quality fish, be it carp, bream, F1s, tench…most big fish love them! The reason they work so well is because they are very robust, and often left alone by small fish. The different flavours and colours available give anglers options to catch in different conditions, and often you’ll find a particular colour or flavour stands out on a certain day. Wafters also make a great hookbait when fishing the bomb and pellet, with the bright stand-out and wafting hookbait being the perfect target bait!”
How do you get the best from Wafters?
“There are lots of different ways of presenting Wafter hookbaits, and you can place them on a hair-rig, bayonet, or within a bait band. The very best situations to use them is when you’re trying to select quality fish as little silvers tend to leave them alone! Try using different flavours and colours, and swap between them to keep fish coming.”
Tip from the top!
“Thinking outside the box works in many fishing situations, and I’ve had a lot of success by doing this using Wafters as hookbaits for mugging fish on both the waggler and pole! Matches to a hook like a size 16 MWG they sink slowly, making them super attractive to fish in the upper layers, hovering and sinking enticingly slow to give fish the maximum chance of intercepting them!”