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All Things Riggy
tain type of rig, the quicker it learns
how to deal with it, so something a bit
different can tip the odds back in your
favour.
The less popular nylon monofilament and fluorocarbons are normally
my first choices these days. The
advantages are they suit the rigs I use
(balanced or pop-up hookbaits), very
rarely tangle, and as I always try to
find clean firm spots, lay out nicely
fully extended from the lead, so when
the carp mouths the bait, it quickly
and efficiently brings the lead into
play, and especially with the fluorocarbon, they disappear from sight on
the lakebed. If you've read the rest of
this series 'All Things Riggy' in Big
Carp, you'll know my preferred choice
of mono is Maxima Chameleon. This
dark mono disappears on silt, and is
also surprisingly difficult to spot on
gravel bottoms as well. I find a balanced bait setup on a rig length of 911in to be best, as if the bait is
mouthed from above, this length
gives enough movement for the business end to get far enough in the
carp’s gob, as the fully extended nylon
rig can pivot up off a ring swivel at the
lead end.
Fluorocarbon has all the previous
mentioned attributes, plus it sinks
very well, can be bought in stiff and
slightly softer varieties, and if using a
good one like Subterfuge that I use, it
has a high knot strength. Because the
fluorocarbon is nigh on invisible, I use
the 22lb version, as the slightly
thicker profile is not an issue, but if
using on snaggy waters like Fox Pool
where I currently fish, I can hit and
hold without fear of my hooklink giving up the ghost under extreme pressure.
Fluorocarbon is a much better
proposition than the earlier stiff materials like Amnesia that I used back in
the late 90's on the Match and Copse
Lakes at Yateley. A few friends and I
A PVA stick on a coated braid fooled this 35lb common.
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had a lot of success on the Match
with bottom bait stiff rigs with a soft
hair. This is one rig that doesn't get a
lot of press these days, with the more
fashionable coated braid rigs getting
all the attention. A stiff rig is always
most efficient on a clean, hard
lakebed, so if you’re fishing such
spots it could prove worthwhile tying
up a simple stiff rig with a good stiff
fluorocarbon.
Talking of fashionable rigs, my
choice of material to make the popular chod rig is ESP stiff Bristle filament
in 20lb, as this can be curved to make
an efficient chod rig. As I wrote a
whole article on the choddies previously in this series, I won’t tread on
old ground, so if you did miss it then
contact the editor for a back issue.
There’s a lot to think about next time
you're scouring the tackle shop walls
for a new hooklink, so hopefully this
article has given you food for thought
in the quest for your next big carp. n

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