Thill Gold Medal Series - Mini-Shy Bite Floats
Great for ice fishing!
I started using these a few years ago for ice fishing pan fish! Sometimes the fish bite so light and in winter your line can stiffen in the cold, but with these little floats you can see the slightest movements and that helps catch a lot more fish! Sometimes the float will go under, but sometimes it just raises out of the water a little bit, and those are the bites that I would miss, but with this float, that is a thing of the past! Try them they work great!
August 26, 2014
I use this float in the 3 1/8 inch size in conjunction with a 1/32nd ounce jig. I only use this float in shallow stump fields when I can fish it with the jig set to a depth of 2 to 4 feet. It is extremely sensitive to any fish activity. Unfortunately it is quite pricy and very fragile. Strike at any indication of movement.
March 24, 2014
Best panfish float on the market
If you haven't used these floats for bluegill, crappie or perch you don't know what you have been missing! These are the most sensitive float you can buy and handle like a dream. I wouldn't use them on high wind days, because they are so light. All you other fisherman that use golf ball sized floats.. what are you thinking?
May 15, 2012
It is great for sensitivity to the bite. Advantages that others have not mentioned include use as a bite indicator when icefishing. Many baits or small jigs can be suspended by the Thill float. Leave 12-18 " of slack line. The fish take the bait, feel practically no resistance, and swim off. Allow the fish to move a few inches, then strike. It works great on sensitive- to-resistance trout.
Another very effective use is to rig a jig that the float cannot quite suspend. Set the depth to where you think the fish are, and slowly, slowly reel in the jig, stopping occasionally. The jig will drop at a very, very slow rate, triggering more strikes than the regular rate of fall. The past two weeks, this technique has been yielding 30 to 80 crappie and 60 to 140 bluegills per day, while the fishermen around me have mostly been catching 0 to 10 fish, using the same jigs. Many fishermen have asked me where to find this float. Some have offered much more than the price if I will sell them a float. The response has always been, "Go to Bass Pro".
May 22, 2011