These floats are all about sensitivity. They are not bait barges. (In fact I probably should make a float called a Bait Barge.) It’s designed to use a bare minimum amount of weight and very light gear so that it can detect even the slightest movement. If you use too much weight with these, you’ll greatly decrease the sensitivity. I mean a channel cat can brush past these, and you’ll know it.
I think catfishermen are used to using heavy gear for everything, even for medium-small, eating-sized channel catfish, and it’s a shame. There’s no need for a broomstick rod, line heavy enough to anchor the USS Freedom, hooks big enough for a 1,000 lb. hammerhead shark, and a float capable of raising the USS Tecumseh out from under the 10 feet of sand that Hurricane Ivan dumbed onto it.
Eating-sized channel catfish angling requires finesse fishing. When trying to figure how much weight to use with these floats, ask yourself one question: “What is the bare minimum amount of weight needed to make the float slowly cock up and stand on end without the bait?” Anything more is too much weight. If want to float more weight than that, then you have the wrong float. What you need is a Bait Barge. (Again, once I get my lathe in, I’ll start working on a heavier float.)
Good times, tight lines!