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Technical Rig
Silt Fishing Rigs by George Loughlin
hus far in this series I
have covered some
commonly encountered angling situations, and I am going
to continue with some
rigs and methods that I use when
fishing in silty venues. There is an
awful lot already written on the subject, but I shall endeavour to put my
slant on things and give you an
insight into my successful approach
to angling in the organic matter. So
what exactly is silt and why do carp
love it? Well, organic silt is the broken
down remains of vegetative matter
from within the lake and its environs.
30lb mirror caught from a deep silt patch.
By vegetative matter I mean fallen
leaves, dying weed, dead lily pads and
really any plant life that finds its way
into the water. This matter then sinks
to the lakebed where anaerobic bacteria and microorganisms begin the
breakdown process until fine sediment of organic matter and particulates forms an ever-deepening layer
on the lakebed. Over time, as with
sedimentary rock formations, the layers of silt will compact, various densities will form, and those mysterious
hard spots in the silt will develop.
Naturally, the nearer the surface layer
of silt the softer the organic matter
until you get an almost neutrally
buoyant suspension of silty particulates which forms a coloured layer,
but cannot support larval communities which fish feed on. The actual
sunken silt is the feeding medium for
carp, and this in turn provides the perfect environment for waterborne
insects to lay eggs, and the hatching
larvae will have a ready food source
on tap to thrive in.
The first thing that you think of
when silt is mentioned is the fact that
silt and bloodworm are two words
that automatically go together. We
have all thrashed the lake to a foam
and examined every ounce of detritus
brought back on the marker lead in


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