FL12Sept - Page 169



All Things Riggy
A
s with all aspects of
end tackle, attention to detail can
improve results no
end, and choosing
not only the right
weight of lead but shape and colour
can have a major bearing on your
results. Also you have the small matter of how you present your lead in
terms of mounting it (inline/lead
clip/helicopter), as to how your rig
will firstly sit on the lakebed, and secondly how your lead arrangement will
hook the fish more effectively. Also
you have to choose to fish the lead
running or semi-fixed, and if heavy
weed is present then we need to set
the lead so it can eject easily to
enhance the chance of us landing our
quarry. Endless possibilities to consider and with so many different
shapes, colours and textured leads on
the market in inline and swivel forms
you can choose the right lead for any
given set of circumstances.
This is the reason I do carry a fair
few leads in my lead bag, as you never
know what scenario you might find
yourself in. If you fish the same
method on the same lake then per-
haps you only use the same type and
weight for all your fishing, but I currently fish three completely different
venues where one day I will need a
4oz distance lead to hit my spot, and
the next I could be setting up on fish
in a little weedy bay where a little
1.5oz lead has to be plopped out to
prevent spooking the carp.
The weight of the lead is obviously
a major factor where distance is
required. For long-range work an
aerodynamically shaped lead is going
to give you those extra yards, and in
these circumstances a Korda distance
or tournament shaped lead will fly the
truest, with the heavier nosed distance leads holding their line better in
crosswinds, but in calm conditions
the more streamlined tournament
shaped can’t be beaten. Size of lead
for these circumstances has to be
dependent on your rod choice; obviously the heavier the lead the more
distance should be achieved, but only
if the rod is capable of handling that
much lead. Each rod will have an
optimum casting weight. My new
ESP 12ft 3 1/4lb test curve Tectrix
rods handle 4oz spot on, but if I was to
overload the rod and put on a 4 1/2oz
lead I would reduce distance. Important to remember when using such
big leads is the quality and breaking
strain of your line, and if a shock
leader is necessary then you must
choose a lead that can discharge easily in the event of a breakage.
At the other end of the scale, when
fishing close in and the weight is not
a necessity to get the distance, you
can choose whatever size lead you
wish. In these circumstances I choose
a flat lead, as with its thinner edges it
has a lower profile when sat on the
bottom. This is less obvious than a
lead that stands up higher (i.e. a
square lead) especially in silt, where it
will almost disappear as when it lands
the silt puffs up and settles back
around and over it, and secondly the
large surface layer area sat on the bottom will aid hooking, as more of the
weight will be transmitted to the
hook when the hooklink gets straightened.
That’s the shape taken care of, but
what about the weight? Despite not
This 38lb 6oz carp tripped up to a
3.5oz flat lead.
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