Data Sheets


The carp-Skimball is approximately four centimetres in diameter and being transparent is invisible to fish. Buoyancy is achieved by a collar of green coloured foam, to represent water foliage. Float bodies are supplied in a variety of colours as they are not seen from below the surface.  The carp-Skimball is environmentally friendly.  It is reusable and has very low resistance to breeze and light winds. The carp-Skimball is supplied with 10 PVA Locking Rings.
1Legend for above:     
(1) Main Line wound around studs (2) PVA Locking Ring holding bait secure (3) Flotation Collar (4) Inner Float Body
(5) Red Cap (6) Silver Key Ring (7) Bait (8) Three silver Studs  (9) Inner Float Tube  (10) Small Hole in Float Stem
(11) Silicon Sleeve (12) Inner Float Stem.

  • Connecting the carp-Skimball to main line;

    • Remove the red cap and inner float - Open the carp-Skimball by pulling apart at the centre. Thread main line through red cap eyelet and float body. Remove silicon sleeve from float stem, exposing a small hole in float stem. Pass line through silicon sleeve and through small hole. Adjust fishing depth by pulling main line through inner float body. Replace float body over stem. Replace silicon sleeve over small hole to lock the line. Connect hook to main line and bait up.
    • Hold main line with thumb over base end of inner tube and wind the remaining hook line length around the three studs. Check the inner float stem is 15 mm from top of carp-Skimball.
    • Push hook and bait to the centre of all three studs, lock in position with PVA Ring over three studs.

    NB              Before rebating ensure the studs and area are wiped dry.

    • Ensure bait hangs downwards inside the carp-Skimball when closed. The maximum bait weight is not to exceed 03 grams (14 mm Boilie size - wet or dry). Glugging the bait will adversely affect  buoyancy
    • To close the carp-Skimball, snap together the silver key ring which retains both halves.
    • Cast in a sideways manner with sufficient force to reach the target and skim over the surface for the last few feet.
    • Upon contact with water the carp-Skimball will automatically self-right and fill with water reducing surface profile to a minimum, the inner float stem will be clearly visible 15 mm above the surface. After some 25 seconds the PVA locking ring will dissolve releasing the baited hook to fall under its own weight to the pre-selected fishing depth. A small split shot may be added directly above the bait to assist release, if required.


    When the bait is taken the float stem will disappear from the water surface in the normal way signalling a run. Because the main line is attached only directly to the float stem this is pulled clear of the float body by the fish taking the bait. Very low resistance is felt by the fish taking the bait as the fish takes only the float stem and line from the sphere. The sphere will remain at the surface. Play the fish in the normal way, should the line break the carp-Skimball will not be connected to the fish but remain on the surface. As with all barbless hooks loss of tension will release the hook from the fish



In use DUCK SENTINEL is approximately 90mm x 30mm and being transparent is invisible to fish. Buoyancy is achieved by a collar of familiar coloured boilie or pellet shaped floats simulating food and acting as a visual attractant to fish. Both types can if desired be impregnated with any of the extensive range of flavourings available on the market.
DUCK SENTINEL is environmentally friendly, designed to minimize harm to the natural world.  It is reusable and has low resistance to breeze and light winds.


To use, pass main line into the dome through the outer eyelet A back out of the dome through eyelet B then back into the dome via the centre eyelet C.
Attach a hook inside the dome. A dumbbell stop is required to set the distance inside the dome between the centre eyelet and the top of the bait (NB this keeps the line and hook out of the water).
Fold the dome in half with the baited hook inside, ensuring that the metal centre tabs are touching each other. Attach the PVA locking ring E. Alternatively wind a few turns of PVA string around the two metal centre tabs to secure in closed position. NB. The tab area must be kept dry when applying the PVA locking ring or PVA string. DUCK SENTINEL is now ready for casting.


Cast the unit to your desired location – It will self-right within seconds of contacting the water. If self-righting does not occur immediately, a twitch on the line will do it. Deployment will normally occur within 30-40 seconds with the PVA locking rings supplied. PVA string may take longer depending on PVA type and number of turns around the metal centre tabs. Casting longer distances up to 75 metres can be achieved by adding extra weight. This is possible with a clear ball controller float filled with water attached to the rear ventilation hole D by at least ½ metre of nylon line. When bait is taken, strike in normal way - DUCK SENTINEL will be retained on the main line and not impede retrieval of the catch.


DUCK SENTINEL is supplied with eight 16mm flotation Boilies, eight flotation Pellets, 5 dumbbell line stops and 10 PVA locking rings – spare sets of boilies, pellets & PVA locking rings are available from – Changing from boilies to pellets - push out the boilies and insert the pellets with a screwing action. Ensure that the replacement is positioned midway in the hole.

The PVA rings supplied should be kept in the sealed airtight packaging provided. If repacked should ideally be kept in aluminium foil bags or thick PE bag and be sealed so that it is airtight. Store between 10-35°C (50°F - 95°F) & 30 – 80% RH. DO NOT store in freezing conditions.

Please note that glugging or soaking of the flotation aids in viscous liquid may affect their buoyancy.


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