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Naked Carping
Line from the rod end, which next
leads to a Solar micro rubber float
stop. Next, slid loosely over the top of
the float stop is an ESP 5mm rubber
bead. This forms our semi-fixed stop.
Both move easily, and of course the
rubber bead slips over the float stop,
and the swivel can then easily slide
over the slim float stop. Next goes our
swivel, and I always use a Solar ball
bearing swivel where possible. They
are simply much more efficient at
doing what they should do – swivel!
Our hooklink is of course attached to
this swivel, and for me this usually
means a coated braid to a multi-type
rig, a simple bottom bait combi-rig, or
my favourite a short choddy rig. Next
is another ESP 5mm rubber bead and
solar micro float stop. Finally an ESP
helicopter sleeve pushes over the
swivel of the lead – a simple no nonsense naked helicopter rig. Tangles
are rare with this setup, but if you are
worried simply add a two-bait
stringer or a two-bait PVA mesh bag
to add weight at the hook end, which
will eliminate tangles altogether.
Some will say that a hooked fighting fish will put too much pressure on
the mainline, with the swivel causing
a flat spot. This just isn’t the case in
my experience, although I always
without fail re-tie the lead after every
fish, moving the float stops up a little
and snipping the last 6 to 8ins of line
off. If there is a weakness, it’s binned
anyway, and I’ve never lost a fish
because of this. If you are really worried about it you can substitute the
bottom rubber bead and float stop for
(Top) X-Line – I wouldn’t be without it.
(Right) 2ft of crystal clear water – 56lb
mirror on a naked rig.
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a Korda rubber shockleader sleeve,
which will let the swivel sit on it during the fight, but I have simply never
found the need.
To use this setup as a chod rig, simply add tungsten putty to the bottom
of your short curved hooklink, moulding it around the upper eye of the
Solar swivel, and slide your float stop
and bead stop up the line to the
appropriate depth. Its important to
note here that a fluorocarbon/X-Line
mainline here is nigh on essential to
ensure that the rig sits properly. I like
a very short 2-3in 15lb ESP bristle filament hooklink to an ESP stiff rigger
hook. As usual a very buoyant pop-up
is paramount. I use Baitcraft cork
granule pop-ups, but of course you
can use any buoyant pop-up. There
you have the naked chod rig!
Another favourite set up of mine,
particularly for weedy waters is the
Steve Fantauzzi in-line lead arrangement, however naked of course! I’m
sure many of you are familiar with this
setup, however for those who are not
it basically involves your mainline
being wrapped around the outside of
an in line lead, trapped by a tail rubber
and tied to the outer end of the
swivel. This means the fish can very
easily jettison the lead and in practice
usually they do on the take. One addi-
tion to the setup that I feel is essential
is a short length of silicon tubing to
protect the line running over the lead.
This stops it getting damaged on
gravel and hard bottoms and in no
way hinders lead ejection. Just
ensure the silicon tube is the right
length so that it just pops into the tail
rubber. It’s worth considering the
Nash weed tail rubbers for extreme
weed conditions, as being nice and
short they eject the lead very easily.
Hopefully the photos are selfexplanatory. This is the setup I’ll be
using this year on my new venue in
search of a rather large common!
Of course there are many alternatives, so don’t be scared to experiment. Remember that less is more,
and safety is absolutely paramount.
Once set up, try taking hold of the
hook of your rig and shake it. Any
stop/bead here should easily release
the lead – carp don’t have hands. If in
doubt, hook the hook into your
jumper, then try to get the lead off
without using your hands! It needs to
be that easy. Please, please make this
a priority. Our carp need looking after.
Naked fishing may be taking a step
backwards in time and design, but it’s
a step forwards in rig safety, and even
in concealment. Less is sometimes
more! Good luck. n

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