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All Things Riggy
pulls the hook in deeper all the time,
and it has to go back on itself to come
out, thus making hook pulls a rarity.
As this is the case why not use
beaked points exclusively, I hear you
say. Well, a straight point will get that
initial prick much more frequently.
Run a rig with a straight point over
your hand and through your fingers,
and you will find that a straight
pointed hook is more 'grabable'. Add
this to some of my pop-up rigs, which
have aggressive angles to the hooklink in relation to the hook shank, and
a straight point nicks hold of the skin
a much higher percentage of the time.
If you look at how each hook sits on a
favourite rig of mine- the Withy Pool,
the beaked point is almost shielded
by the tubing, whereas a straight
point catches hold superbly. I'll look
much more closely at the Withy Pool
rig at a later date, and how it's
evolved from my Mark 1 version back
on the Yateley Copse and Match
Lakes to my current setup that I
enjoyed good success on at Fox Pool
last year.
Hook size is an important decision
(Top left) Current hook choices.
(Top right) Zig and floater hooks.
(Right) Bazil – A big strong hook
hauled the mighty Bazil at 46lb 4oz
from the weedy North Lake.
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to make, as although a big hook will
be much stronger and have a larger
gape, thus enhancing your chances of
successfully landing the fish, a big
hook can unbalance a small hookbait
and be more conspicuous on many of
the clear lakes our big carp inhabit
today. This is one major reason why I
predominantly use hookbaits with a
degree of buoyancy to counteract the
weight of a hook, and to sit over the
hook, thus shielding it from view of
the carp from above. Most of my popup work is done using a size 5 or 6,
with balanced baits incorporating a 6
or 7, this being dependent on the
severity of snag or dense weed in the
vicinity. With straight bottom baits
my preference is for as small a hook
as possible, fished on a relatively long
hair to aid the hook falling to the floor
of the mouth. A size 8 or even a 10 can
be used in open water situations. The
same would also apply to zig or
floater work, where a smaller hook as
is safe make the whole set up less
conspicuous. A Big-T size 10 or one of
the new Korda Choddy hooks in a 12
could be used, as they are quite big
for their size and are very strong in
the wire. At the opposite end of the
scale I will use a large hook in hit and

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