The CARPA float range was launched in 2003 by DAIWA Dorking Skipper Steve Saunders and started with the CARPA 1, 2 and 3 patterns which were designed for UK Commercials. The range grew as Steve designed patterns that he and his DAIWA team mates required for the UK & Europe.
Steve used his vast knowledge and contacts amongst the UK match scene to create more float patterns that were ideal for UK Commercials and Natural waters. A very high quality European float manufacturer was also exclusive for Steve to use. They provided floats for the UK Market which no other UK supplier had. This manufacturer also made floats for other top European companies thanks to their high quality materials and trademark ‘Perfect’ finish.
The CARPA’S trademark black body finish was actually created so the body could not be viewed under the water surface. Two new additions have recently been added to the CARPA range with the Gloucester pattern having the option of a wire or glass stem. The Gloucester float with a glass stem was created so the float reacted better when laid into the water whereas the wire stem makes the float settle better whilst improving the balance of the fibre antenna.
APE - The Ape is a more robust brother of the infamous Chimp. A cut down stem and bristle making it ideal for snake lake fishing tight across in shallow water and also a good option for a shallow float, especially when long lining. Sizes: 0.1g & 0.2g
EDGE - As its name suggest, the perfect margin float. A thick hollow bristle and strong durable glass stem. Sizes: 0.1g, 0.2g & 0.3g
PASTE - A long bristle aids for fishing paste hook baits, this pattern features a strong carbon stem & the rig line runs through the centre of the body giving maximum strength. Sizes: 4 x 12, 14, 16, 18 & 20
CHIMP - A very versatile float, featuring a wire stem and thin hollow bristle. Can be used for tight across on snake lakes, deep water F1 and carp fishing plus ideal for that bonus line on a canal. Sizes: 4 x 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18
CARPA 2 - Incredibly strong and durable pattern. Ideal for Margin fishing with corn or meat. Can be also used for that deeper water line when using worms on the bottom. Sizes: 4 x 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18
MARGIN - Brilliant for fishing paste in shallow water also great for fishing in windy conditions with line on the bottom. Sizes: 4 x 12 & 14
RIVER - A rounded bodied float ideal for fishing deep moving water. Great for slowing the hook bait down when inching it through the peg. Features a nylon bristle and very stable wire stem. Sizes: 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0 & 4.0g
ROC - The ROC features a lovely short cane bristle and glass stem. Good for margin fishing with big baits. Also good for laying some line on the bottom and looking for positive bite indication. Sizes: 4 x 10, 12 & 14
CUBE - A brilliant shallow pattern, a thick wire stem for instant cocking making it versatile for casters, pellets and meat hook baits. One size: 4No 10
SHALLOW - A balsa bodied pattern with a wire stem, this pattern is a better option when fishing shallow up to 4ft deep. One size: 4 x12
WIRE SHELF - Ideal pattern for shallow water, tight to islands. Also a great option for shallow ‘slapping’ with worms and casters in breezy conditions. The thick wire stem makes a lovely entry and settles instantly. One size: 4No 10
CARBON SHELF - Same as the wire shelf but with a carbon stem making it very stable and durable. Sizes: 4 x 10 & 12
CARPA - A Carpa classic, the ‘reach to float’ when fishing on the bottom with corn, meat and pellets. Features a thick hollow bristle and thick carbon stem. Sizes: 4 x 10, 12, 14 & 16
SILVER CARBON - Featuring a slim balsa body and carbon stem. A 1.2mm bristle makes it very visible in tricky conditions but very delicate for bite indication. Great for fishing with maggots, casters and small pieces of worms. Sizes: 4 x 10, 12, 14 & 16
F1 SHALLOW - The ultimate F1 shallow float with short hollow bristle and stable wire stem. Great for fishing less than 12 inches deep and targeting F1s down the track. One size: 4 x10
GLOUCESTER WIRE STEM - The Gloucester was created for deep venues that are affected by tow. A fibre bristle offers great visibility in tricky conditions and a very stable wire stem makes it a great option in moving water and big waters such as Ireland. In all sizes it’s perfect for maggots, casters, bloodworm and small pieces of worms. Sizes: 0.5, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5 & 3.0g
GLOUCESTER GLASS STEM - A glass stemmed pattern. This change in stem material make the float behave perfectly when lowering the rig into the swim. Featuring a fibre bristle for great visibility and sensitivity in tricky conditions on a mixture of venues. Sizes: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 & 4.0g.