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All Things Riggy
mat, and would like to see fisheries
who want to look after their stock
make it a rule. For not much more
than the price of a kilo of boilies,
everyone should have one.
I've slightly gone off track, but it's a
very relevant point in regard to hooks.
A few years ago I put a long shank rig
alongside my normal Big-T presentation on Frimley Pit 3, as I was
impressed with how well a long
shank hook would flip over. Over a
productive 48 hours I managed to
bank seven commons up to scraper30, and lost a further good fish. The
result was four takes with all but the
lost fish coming to the long shank,
and also another fell off in the net, so
a few more twist and turns and that
one could well have also fallen off. The
Big-T's however were all sound
hookholds with no damage whatsoever. Although this was a relatively
short experiment, I felt the risk of a
big carp falling off far outweighed not
persisting with the long shanks, as I
experienced just as many takes with
the shorter shanked Big-T's. The rigs
were only knotless knotted with a
coated braid, nothing technical, but
still effective. If you think back many
years ago the bent hook rig was a
long shank hook (I used a Kamasan
B175, which is a fly hook), and was
banned virtually everywhere as it had
the potential to seesaw in the carp’s
mouth causing flesh damage. It was a
brilliant rig though, and I remember
copying it out of Rob's book and
catching some good carp on it. I personally never experienced any mouth
problems with it, but with the aid of
shrink tube we can now get the original rig’s effectiveness without the
possibility of mouth damage.
Straight or beaked point? If I'm
using a standard bottom bait, then a
beaked point is beneficial in that
because it's lying on the lakebed, it
has the chance of being knocked
about by either small fish nibbling the
bait, or by a big carp wafting its pecs
or tail, so it’s likely that the point will
be knocked about over a gravel
lakebed and lose its edge of sharpness. The major plus factor though of
a beaked point is that once it’s
pricked the carp’s skin, more pressure
(Top) A beaked point for a bottom
bait.
(Middle) Long shank v short shank.
(Right) Straight point for a Withy.
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