FL12Sept - Page 173

All Things Riggy
this is the typical southern gravel pit
with lots of weed; a general depth of
7-10ft, and it has varying degrees of
silt and gravel. Now, I’ve found a spot
I want to fish to at say 75yds, which
consists of a silty patch at the back of
the gravel strip. There is heavy weed
in the area, so my first priority is that
the lead can easily discharge once the
fish is hooked, as the last thing I want
is to hook a carp only for it to weed
me solid at that sort of range.
Now there are three different methods that I employ to dump the lead,
and these are a cut back lead clip
when choosing a swivel lead, the
leadcore outside of the lead (Fantauzzi style) when employing an
inline, and the rotten bottom when
fishing over bottom weed (chodernoster style). In this sort of situation I
would most likely chose a Korda flat
pear swivel lead of about 3 1/2oz. I’ll
run through the reasons as to why
and what small differences I’d make
A 2oz lead gave me the control for an
awkward cast to snare the elusive
Lumpy at 36lb 2oz.
to that choice if different variables
The reason I chose this lead is that
I prefer to use a flat lead, as that firstly
it will not sit too high off the lakebed,
so remains unobtrusive especially as
I’m casting onto firm silt, as it will
most likely puff a bit of silt up and be
almost hidden. Being flat means the
sides have a large surface area, so as
soon as the carp extends the hooklink
the full force of the weight will jolt a
needle sharp hook in. The colours of
the Korda leads are ideal fishing over
silt, as they mirror the lakebed very
A swivel lead, be it
mounted on a lead
clip or set up
helicopter style, will
allow movement from
every angle
Reasons for a swivel lead would
include that a swivel lead will cast
much better and truer than an inline,
and as I’m fishing a reasonable dis-
tance out and using fluorocarbon
mainline, which don’t cast quite as
well as mono, the better flight swivel
lead offers is an advantage. Also the
fact that I’m casting onto a softer
lakebed means I have a hinge should
the lead nosedive into the silt and not
lie dead flat. If this happens it can kick
your rig up if using a stiffer rig, as I
tend to favour. The swivel lead that
can be fished on a lead clip also
means I can easily lose a lead on a
hooked fish and keep the carp in the
surface layers, hugely enhancing my
chance of landing my target.
Now I will look back at the aforementioned scenario, slightly change
the odd variable, and give my reasons
for any change to the lead choice.
Something that can change very
quickly when fishing is the weather,
in particular the wind, both in direction and strength. So, whereas before
we had very light or no wind, now we
have a strong wind, not only into my
face, but a side-wind as well. In this
circumstance just changing to a
heavier lead of 4oz in the same pattern might be enough to accurately


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