FL12Sept - Page 174

All Things Riggy
1 A small flat lead should not bury into weed when fished
on the choddy.
2 The flat swivel lead plugged in a softer bottom offers the
carp heavy resistance.
3 Notice how the distance swivel lead lifts more than the
4 A running inline setup.
get it back on the spot, but if not a
distance shaped lead should do the
trick and hold its line in the sidewinds. This shaped lead is not offering such efficient hooking, but if conditions dictate changing so as to get
it back on the spot, then needs must.
Another change might be if I want
to fish a bit shorter and onto the hard
gravel. Now I might change to an
Atomic gravel lead, as these offer brilliant camouflage over said bottom.
Also now I’m casting onto a hard bottom where the lead won’t sink I might
change to an inline version with the
leadcore round the outside of the
lead; a heavy, flat inline offering the
optimum hooking potential. So as
long as conditions allow me to cast
this style of lead accurately and the
spot is hard enough to allow the lead
to sit flat and thus kick the rig out to
lay flat, then this would be a change I
would implement.
On the subject of inlines I certainly
feel they can convert more pick-ups
into full-on runs. The advantage of an
inline is that there is no pivot point
(although this can be an advantage
with very stiff rigs); the full force of
the weight being projected to the
hookpoint as soon as the hooklink is
t i g h t e n e d . A s w i v e l l e a d, b e i t
mounted on a lead clip or set up helicopter style, will allow movement
from every angle, except if the lead is
plugged in or the fish lifts the rig up
from vertically above the lead. Especially on hard lakebeds, a swivel lead
could rotate round when using an
elongated shaped lead, whereas a flat
lead is much less likely to spin round,
and an inline even less. Test it by laying the lead on a hard surface, and
with the hook on your finger tighten
the rig at various angles and see
which is most efficient at hurting your
finger. Having too much ‘play’ in the
hooklink can sometimes be enough
for the carp to suss you and get rid of
the rig before the indicator starts
dancing. When fishing softer lakebeds
and the lead is plugging in, then the
lead will offer extra hooking effi-
ciency, and an inline can be more of a
disadvantage than an advantage, as
the rig can kick up off the deck making your presence known. When casting to marginal shelves I’d always use
a flat lead, as it is less likely to roll
down the shelf. In these circumstances the extra grip from the
rougher textured Atomic dung and
gravel leads offer an advantage.
The last topic to look at is whether
to use a running or semi-fixed setup.
All the ways I’ve already discussed is
with use with a semi-fixed lead. I do
quite like a running lead style, as most
carp anglers use semi-fixed leads and
the carp do get conditioned to this
style. My main problem with a running setup is not being able to discharge the lead like you can with the
semi-fixed setups I’ve discussed. On
heavily weeded lakes it makes such a
difference getting rid of that lead, but
I’m sure there’s a way of doing so;
perhaps I’ll give it some thought.
T h e M a t c h L a k e a t Ya t e l e y
responded well to running leads


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