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Technical Rig Design
(Top left) Dave prefers to finish the
opposite end with a 6-turn grinner
knot, and this is secured leaving the
hooklink approx 4.5 inches long.
Before tying the knot, add a rig sleeve
to the hooklink.
(Above left) Lubricate the knot well
before pulling it tight with a low and
even tension. Finally trim the tag end
leaving 5mm just in case it should
(Top right) The rig gets mounted to a
helicopter arrangement, and a rig
sleeve gives it that increased antitangle aspect.
(Above right) The final rig ready for
the addition of a small bag before
sending it to the carp zone.
(Right) Big Common 42.09 – Swan
fish who will probably be up to their
gill covers feeding hard. The length of
the rig has to be set now, and I was
surprised that Dave opted to set the
length of the hooklink to around
4.5ins, but he prefers to give them
minimal movement even in silt, and
wasn’t perturbed that the hooklink
may well be covered because if his
observation has paid off, he will have
placed his bait in an area where they
love to feed, and will happily churn up
the bottom in search of those tasty
Tails Up OCM morsels. The hooklink
gets secured to the Uni-Link swivel
via a six-turn grinner knot, and this in
turn gets a small rig sleeve to
enhance the anti-tangle properties.
As can be seen from the pictures, this
completed hooklink gets attached to
a helicopter lead arrangement with
one of Atomic Tackle’s famous 2.5oz
bottle bombs being the anchor point
in the silt.
The important aspect of any rig is
the baiting arrangement that goes
dynamics of the rig are very successful as his photo album shows! The
hair is then secured to the hook with
a six to seven-turn knotless knot, and
this gets an 8mm application of ESP
shrink- tube to accentuate the turning characteristics at the sharp end.
After the hooklink material exits the
shrink tube, there is around an inch of
stripped back material before the
coating, and it is at this point that
Dave applies a small bead of putty to
ensure the rig remains firmly on the
bottom, and in this case sinks into the
silt, making it virtually invisible to the


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