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All Things Riggy
nail, then discard it, as it should not
move once touched to the nail. Also I
like to nick it into the skin below my
nail and move my thumb without the
hook falling off. The 'stickier' the hook
the more its likely to get you that
pick-up from the finicky carp in your
venue.
As I said, I'm fishing for big carp, so
I don't want fish falling off once I've
done the hard work of getting the bite
in the first place. This is why I prefer
short shank hooks with a wide gape.
The only patterns I've put my faith in
over the last few years include the
Big-T, D-7 and Stiff Riggers from ESP
and Korda Wide Gapes, although
since their recent introduction, the
new Korda patterns, the Choddy and
Kurv Shanks have had an important
place in my tackle box. These two
patterns, despite being very different
in shape, have lent themselves very
well to the rigs I'm currently using. All
my carp this year fell to these two
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new patterns in a size 6. These hooks
are very sharp, but do need checking,
as you will still get the occasional one
out of a packet that is not quite sticky
sharp. A wide gape is very important
in that it has the ability of once in,
holding onto a good amount of flesh.
The more of the lip/mouth the hook is
in by, the less likely it is to pull out on
a long, hard prolonged fight.
Another advantage is if the hook is
bedded well in, its virtually impossible to straighten out the hook; it’s
when the hook hasn’t penetrated
properly, and when only the point is
in, that leverage occurs on the hook,
seriously enhancing the chances of
that hook straightening on you! From
my list of preferred hooks you will
notice the absence of long shank patterns. This is because I do feel that
they have the potential to cause more
mouth damage, as with the leverage
aspect they will move more in a long
and hard battle from your quarry. The
potential therefore is for the hook to
fall out, as it can twist and turn more
so than a shorter shanked version and
make a bigger hole, or worse still a
tear. On this note I hope all Big Carp
readers carry and use a carp care kit,
as we as anglers have the responsibility to look after these big old carp we
hound day in, day out. A big thank
you goes to Ben Hamilton and Steve
Fantuzzi of Thinking Anglers in
designing such a purpose-made
product to keep both the carp’s body
and mouth in tip-top condition, and to
Korda for making it readily available. If
you don't already use an antiseptic kit
of some description, then go out and
buy one, as I feel they should be just
as compulsory as a large unhooking
(Below left) The hook test.
(Below right) Sticky sharp.
(Bottom left) A Wide Gape grabs a
whole load of mouth.
(Bottom right) If only the point is in, it
can open up on you.

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