FL09June - Page 135



Perfecting The Ultimate Edge
(Above) The choddy is ideal when
casting to showing fish.
(Above right) Keep watching and
learning.
(Below left) I apply different size baits
to confuse the fish.
(Below right) The ever-faithful
choddy.
out the ready tied leadcore leaders by
ESP if you have any trouble with constructing the leadcore; it just makes it
so much easier than messing about
with making them up, I can tell you.
Well that’s the choddy pretty much
explained, and how I go about using
it. It can be a deadly weapon in your
armoury; it’s particularly good when
casting to a showing fish when you
have no idea what you will be fishing
over, and also I find it very, very good
when fishing over weed.
Now onto the bottom bait rig that I
use, and have used for many years. I
do like using quite big baits when
bottom bait fishing, in fact I tend to
favour a snowman presentation for
90% of this type of fishing that I do,
and I like to use a nice sized hair and
let the weight of the bait being blown
out make the hook bed nicely into the
fish. I would say that I have very very
good hookholds using this type of
blowback rig, and I have had some
really big fish on this rig over the last
three seasons, including a nice 47lbplus mirror, 42lb-plus mirror and a
40lb-plus mirror the winter before
last. I tend to use two different types
of hooklink for this rig; 20lb Stripteaze,
which is semi-stiff and has a nice
drab colour, and if I want something
with more stiffness (which I do tend
to lean towards with this rig, whereby
I’m trying to leave the hook in the
mouth and the bait gets blown out) I
use Wychwood's Hidden Deception
hooklink in 25lb. It comes in three
nice drab colours, mud brown, weed
and gravel, and they all just blend in
nicely with any bottom I would fish
over. This is a really stiff hooklink, so a
little tip here is to cut off the amount
of hooklink you require (I use about 8
to 10ins) and steam this piece straight
first. I found this was the best way to
get the hooklink to stay straight. I was
tying up the hooklinks, steaming
them, casting them out, and when I
reeled in in the morning, I was wondering why my hooklink was like a
banana. The hooklink is so stiff that it
contracts after you steam it, and if it
doesn’t have anywhere to go, then it
contracts that much it bends the
hooklink round like a banana. But if
you steam the hooklink first before
tying, then the hooklink doesn’t have
a memory, and will stay as straight
and stiff as I want it to.
I always put on my hookbaits first,
then tie on the sliding ring and thread
the hook onto the ring. This way I can
adjust perfectly where everything sits
by just moving the hair length down
or the ring up, then tie on my hook,
steam straight, and attach to my clip.
What I will say is that even though
this hooklink is very stiff, I include a
boom sleeve, so it remains really stiff,
and this way the hooklink stays in the
mouth of the fish. The separation
between the bait and the hook when
it blows it out really nails the fish right
back in the mouth every time, and the
hookholds I get with this rig are unbelievable. Now there are lots of similar
hook patterns out there, but the ESP
Curve-Shanx, which incidentally
were the original Kamasans, are just
so sharp, and a sharp hook is what
makes the difference. If you like bottom bait fishing, then this is the rig for
you. I’ve lost count of the big’uns I’ve
landed on this rig over the years.
For many years I was an avid particle user and spodder, and whilst I
caught lots of fish this way, I just
didn’t seem to get amongst the bigger fish. Whilst I would be catching
successfully either fishing a particle
bait over the top or a straightforward
boilie, I just couldn’t get to the bigger
fish and I knew it. So with this in mind
I made the choice to use only bolies
for targeting the bigger fish in the
lake. Now bait and how I use it is
something that I am very particular
about. I have found that not all baits
work on all waters. Take Horton for
example – the fish in there just love
the Dynamite Monster Tigernut
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