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All Things Riggy
(Top left) A packed tackle bag for
every possible rig.
(Above left) A must have carp care kit.
(Top right) A sharp hook can turn a
bleep into a ripper.
(Above right) Favourite patterns.
(Left) Current success on the chods.
Now the rigs I use are made up for
the pursuit of big carp, exactly what
this mag is about. Although I fish
waters with 40lb’ers, and these are
what I'm targeting, I consider anything over 30lbs as a big carp, and I
am always very pleased with any carp
over this weight. Big carp usually
have big mouths, so the rig design
should have this in mind, and big carp
often feed differently to their smaller
cousins - another consideration when
constructing your chosen rig. With all
rigs the most important component is
the hook! Any rig will benefit from
having a super sharp hook. A slightly
blunted hook that can have arisen by
having hooked a fish, rubbing over
the bottom, or simply not being sharp
enough when it came out of the
packet, can easily bounce out the
carp’s mouth whilst it moves about
feeding, sucking up and sifting food,
whereas a sticky sharp point will nick
into the flesh. Then the rest of the rig
170 FREE LINE
comes into play, and the lead can help
set the hook. Extra fish on the bank!
As soon as that hook enters the
lake it is liable to lose its sharpness. It
could be the pH level of the water or
the silt, it could drag over the gravel
on retrieve, or it could have been
knocked about on the bottom by
small silver fish. If you don't already,
get into the habit of checking your
hookpoint all the time and if in doubt
change it. I quite often put a new rig
on every day, and at least every trip. It
might seem extravagant, but you
never know if today's the day that big
one you've been after is going to pick
up your hookbait, and if your hook's
not up to full sharpness then you're
giving your target every chance of
spitting it out instead of that hook
burying in up to the bend. The way I
check my hooks (and you need to do
this with every hook straight out of
the packet, as with most modern
hooks you still get one or two in a
packet that aren't up to the job) is by
holding the eye of the hook between
finger and thumb, then lightly touch
the point onto your thumb nail and
the point, if sharp enough should
stick. If the hook slides across the

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