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Stalking Rigs and Tactics
The rig and bag ready to explode.
around your hookbait is all that is
needed to outsmart the most cunning
of carpy adversaries. The range of
presentation options with corn is only
limited by your imagination, from bottom bait combos to critically balancing them with an artificial counterpart, to pop-up presentation in deeper
water, corn has accounted for some of
the biggest carp in the country, and I
always keep some with me, even
though I don’t catch the biggest ones
in this green and pleasant land!
Boilies are accepted by the majority
of a lake’s carpy inhabitants, but in
their natural state of round balls, they
are a bit too obvious to use in the
edge in a stalking scenario, but with a
little bit of fettling, they can be a
viable bait. To use them effectively, it
is generally best to break them up
into a more natural looking bait offering, and a handful of ‘chops’ mixed
with some pellets will be as good a
temptation as any for a carp. Again,
with this type of baiting, a singular
scattering of some chops and pellets
in the surrounding area is far preferable to one pile on its own. To get
your particular bait into a tight spot
where it just isn’t feasible to cast or
place it by hand, you can turn to a
must-have bit of kit for any angler,
and that is the baiting pole. I have
invested in an 11m match pole, which
I have modified to take a thread for a
baiting spoon, and I have constructed
a float to maintain very positive buoyancy out of thick pipe insulation, and
applied camo tape to both for a more
stealthy look (well you don’t want a
bright orange spoon going into the
zone!) This tool has proved invaluable
on many occasions, and you can be
sure that once you have used one, you
wonder how you managed without it!
There you have my preferences for
bait and tackle, so now let’s take a
look at the rig and its components,
and just why I use them. Firstly at the
sharp end I want to use a hook size
that is big enough to keep them on
under pressure, but not so big that it
becomes noticeable, so I have opted
for a size 7. With regards to a pattern
preference, I want a straight-shanked
hook with either a straight or beaked
point, both have their merits, and I am
happy to use either. The beak pointed
Nash Fang Uni gives a phenomenal
hookhold, but is not as efficient at the
initial hooking, and the straight
pointed ESP Big-T is a great hooker,
but for a protracted battle under
extreme pressure, I prefer to have the
beak point for security. Naturally both
are also Teflon coated for an added
degree of stealth, concealment being
important in the clear water of the
shallows.
(Above right) A typical spot with a
mirror in the zone already.
(Right) I was just about to fish there!
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