FL13 - Page 108

Bottom Bait Rigs
ural little line of boilies side by side.
When small hookbaits such as mini
boilies, particles, and certainly with
plastic artificial baits, I like to attach a
small PVA stick to the rig. These very
light baits are the biggest culprit to
tangle on a braid rig so the extra
weight, and of course with the hook
completely buried in the stick mix it
eliminates tangles and also helps to
hide the hook. I prefer to use a high oil
fishy stick mix loaded with oil and a
water-soluble liquid to cloud up
around the rig. Also I can add the odd
item like corn or tigers as well as
boilie crumb if using a boilie hookbait.
With the invention of the Krushas,
crumb can be soon made up in seconds, the crumb releasing the boilies’
flavours instantly.
Although the rig I featured last time
was shown tied in a braid, the same
rig can be tied exactly the same with
a coated braid if preferred. The stiffness of the coating will help reduce
(Top) Extra effort making sticks – but
worth it.
(Right) Original and current stiff rig
(Below) Combi-rig caught common.
tangles and help kicks the hookbait
away from the lead. Coated braids are
extremely easy to use to create combi
rigs, but the problem is because
they’re so user friendly, a large percentage of anglers use them. The
other drawback is that despite the
multitude of different coated braids
on the market I still find them all fairly
visible on the lakebed.
The way I overcome both these
problems is to use two different mate-
rials to create a true combi-rig. By
using a very short length of soft braid
attached to the hook in exactly the
same way as I showed you last time, I
can create a full freedom hook but
with a stiff fluorocarbon boom. The rig
is much more tangle proof, a lot less
visible, and with the opposite of stiff
and supple incorporated in the same
link, is a much more effective and different rig to that used by the majority
with a compromise material like a
coated braid.
Although there are a lot of good
joining knots out there for connecting
the braid and the fluorocarbon, I prefer to use a size 20 micro-swivel. I lose
no knot strength, I can tie my fluorocarbon boom section with figure of
eight loop knots so no kinks are made
in the fluorocarbon, and I can tighten
the rig to make it perfectly straight.
The loops give good movement to the
rig so it lies flat on the lakebed, not
sticking up and spooking the fish, and
as I want to have some weight a cou-


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