DIY Fishing Floats

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DIY Fishing Floats
Make a homemade fishing float. (fishing net floats image by Jeffrey Sinnock from

A fishing float is attached to your fishing line along with your bait to hold the line afloat in the water and drop the hook more directly where you want it. The benefit of larger fishing floats is that it will carry your line out much further than you could cast it by hand, some can go out for miles. You can make your fishing floats from old items you have at home and simple materials that can be found at hardware stores.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Small soda bottle with screw-on cap
  • Swivel eye screw
  • Epoxy resin

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  1. 1

    Remove the cap from a small soda bottle and insert a swivel eye screw onto the top. The screw should be inserted through the outside, so the eye will be accessible when the cap is screwed back on. Use soda bottles that are 454 to 567gr in size.

  2. 2

    Seal the hole around the swivel screw with epoxy resin, so that no water can get in or out.

  3. 3

    Fill the bottle halfway with water and put the cap back on. Screw the lid on tightly and make sure no water can get out.

  4. 4

    Pass your fishing line hook through the eye of the swivel screw before putting on the bait.

  5. 5

    Attach your bait to the hook and cast your line by throwing the bottle out with your hook and pull the line up and down through the swivel screw.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a clear soda bottle with white caps, because they are inconspicuous in the water.
  • Keep your fishing hooks in a safe place where children can’t reach them, because they are very sharp.

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