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All Things Riggy
ello and welcome
to all Big Carp
readers. This is the
first article of many
on the subject, as
the heading reads,
of all things riggy. Now I don’t intend
to just list a number of rigs, as the
whole presentation is far more than
just the hooklink! I'm going to look at
the whole end tackle presentation,
right back to the rod, in the various
situations. I've fished quite a varied
number of venues over the years, and
always try to match the right presentation to the spot, to the swim and to
the lake I'm angling on. I don't
believe any one rig suits all situations,
and so I am adaptable in my tactics
and end tackle to get the best on any
given day. No one gets it right every
time (not even Tel), but get it right
more times than not and you'll catch
more than your fair share. Rigs are
only one part of the carp fishing jigsaw that we have to piece together,
and some days when the carp are
having it off, any old rig will put a fish
on the bank. It's the days when
they're not feeding hard then a good
rig will put those bonus fish on the
Now I know most Big Carp readers
are probably experienced, and I don't
want to teach anyone to suck eggs,
but Rob wants me to put in the stepby-step guides for those who aren't
sure how to tie the relevant rigs I will
be talking about. There are a lot of
youngsters and newcomers to the
sport, and it's far better for them to be
shown in detail how to tie things
properly than guess and end up damaging fish through ignorance. These
sorts of articles benefit those striving
to learn information, but are often too
embarrassed to ask a more experienced angler on the bank, so magazines give the vehicle for learning in
private, and giving these anglers
another string to their bow without
worrying they've got it all wrong.
(Above) Baits out and waiting – is
your hook sharp enough?
(Below) A choddy caught 34lb mirror.


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