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All Thing Riggy
the line is fished fairly slack to allow
the whole length of the leadcore
leader to lie flush on the deck. The
problem occurs when fishing small
holes in the weed. The lack of suppleness can easily have the leadcore cutting up off the spot as it’s hung up in
the weed the rod side of the spot. In
this situation I find myself using
shorter and shorter lengths (18-24ins)
in conjunction with a fluorocarbon
mainline. This way I can be more confident the leadcore is sitting flat on
the spot and the much thinner, less
visible fluorocarbon is draped over
the weed and so much less obvious.
The choices of leadcore on the market now are much greater than in
years gone by. At the thicker, stronger
end the E.S.P leadcore still takes
some beating, and now comes with
the choice of four colours, so as long
as you know what you’re fishing over
you can tailor the colour of leadcore
as close to the lakebed more than
ever before. With a Sandy Gravel,
Choddy Silt and Weedy Green to
choose from now ,you pretty much
have all bases covered along with the
original Camo Brown. The Nash 45lb
Core Plus is another one I’ve been
hearing good things about and needs
investigating further.
I was only recently chatting to a
very good friend of mine and fellow
writer in previous Big Carp mags,
Benny Hamilton, about leadcore and
the fact that these pressured carp
must be used to seeing it all the time
and shy away from it. I told Ben that I
was now using much shorter lengths
than in years gone by in an attempt to
fine things down, when Ben produced
his company, Thinking Anglers’, new
leadcore. At 35lb it’s a much thinner
profile than the 45lb leadcores. The
lead wire is thinner so obviously not
as heavy, but simply by playing about
with it, its greater suppleness was
evident. If you think about it, does it
need to sink like a brick as long as it
does sink well? However I feel it’s
better to be supple and sink better on
an undulating bottom than sink faster
but be too stiff so that it restricts it
from hugging the bottom.
Wi t h a m e l l o w f l e c k e d g r e e n
colouration it’s ideal for fishing over
the back of weed on to the edge of a
clean spot, as well as fishing choddies
over bottom weed. This new Thinking
Anglers leadcore definitely deserves
its place in my tackle bag. With a
sandy brown one coming later in the
year, Ben and Steve are living up to
the name of Thinking Anglers. During
our leadcore chat the subject of
whether a leadcore needs to be as
high a breaking strain as 35-45lb
came up, as we’d both had success
on the much thinner 25lb Gardner
Plummet leadcore in the past. In fact
we were sat at the Road Lake in the
swim opposite where I’d landed the
queen of the lake, Clover, at 42lb 12oz
on the brown Plummet fishing a hole
in the weed where the much finer
leadcore draped down and bought me
the bite within an hour and a half of
casting the rig in. So this season will
see me using shorter lengths of lead-
core and certainly looking at thinner,
limper leadcores to help my end
tackle to not look like the norm, thus
taking that association out of the
equation, and hopefully getting a few
more bites from the wise old carp I’ll
be angling for. However, on one large
weed-free silty lake l fish, long lengths
of ESP camo leadcore will still be the
order of the day, but on the weedy
waters I think its time for a change.
The other alternative to leadcore,
and indeed where leadcore is prohibited, is to use tubing. Now a lot of the
so-called sink tubes don’t actually
sink the best, so it’s advisable to use a
tungsten tubing, which length for
length are heavier than leadcore. ESP
Anchor Rig Tube has been around a
long time and sinks like a brick, but
because of its high amount of tungsten it is a bit stiff. For this reason
they’ve just brought out a more sup-
(Top left) Thinner, more supple
(Top right) The new, supple Thinking
Anglers 35lb leadcore.
(Centre) Leadcore helped fool this
(Right) Fantuzzi-style with


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