Swimmer (fishing)

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Examples of different poses
Floating fishing rod. Lake Baikal. Eastern Siberia

A float or pose , even pins (schweizerdt.) Or Tucke (norddt.), Is in the Fishing one of lightweight plastic , cork or wood -made floating body , which at the fishing line is attached.


The swimmer serves several purposes. On the one hand, it serves as a bite indicator. The swimmer is visible to the angler on the surface of the water; if a fish bites and swims away with the bait , the swimmer inevitably moves too and may be pulled under the surface of the water.

Another purpose of a swimmer is to set the bait for a certain water depth to be fished (just above ground, in mean water or in the water surface area). This is done by attaching the float to the fishing line so that it can slide, but so firmly that the line cannot be pulled down through the float by the bait or the bite. By varying the distance between the swimmer and the baited fish hook , it is easy to set whether the bait is offered in open water, floating above the ground or lying on the ground. Besides, you can always see where the bait is from the position of the swimmer.

Floats are offered in specialist shops in a wide variety of colors and shapes. Depending on the size of the bait, you choose floats with a higher or less high load capacity.

The buoyancy of the bait and buoyancy of the swimmer pull this last part of the line out linearly and vertically. Weights, at least formerly made of lead, in the simplest form in the form of balls (with a gap to press onto the line) strengthen this tension and help when casting the line by increasing the flywheel mass.