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Canal Carping Canal Technical
little pop-up corn will sit perfectly
above a size 2, and as they’re plastic
they will withstand the battering of
the crayfish! I’ve caught all sizes of
carp on size 2 hooks from the smallest
at 7lb right up to 46lb, not to mention
this was the rig that caught me Split
Tail!
Now I’ll move onto types of rigs I
would and wouldn’t use. I’ll start off
with the chod rig that I refuse to use
whilst fishing on a the canal, as the
‘chuck it and hope’ is not my kind of
angling. I’m more precise and would
rather not fish than chuck something
out I’m not 100% confident in. The
hinge stiff rig is another one that personally I wouldn’t use, as I prefer to
use a stiff boom section, and you simply can’t use that on my local canal,
as the rig won’t sit right with all the
debris. The KD rig is another no-go for
me, as there are too many pests, and
the hair can end up twisted around
the shank, making the rig useless. I’ve
found the basic blowback rigs and
hair rigs all do well when on the
canal, but I have more confidence
using the D-rig; this simple rig is so
effective. I’ve stalked carp and seen
the carp hooked on the first time the
fish has attempted to suck the bait
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into its mouth. The most important
part of this rig is the amount of turns
on the whipping knot and the amount
of turns on the knotless knot. I use
seven turns on the whip and five
turns on the knotless. Combined with
the critically-balanced hookbait, this
will allow the hookpoint to be heavier
than the eye, allowing the
point to drop and take
hold. A very important
part of the rig is to ensure
the top whipping knot is
in line with the barb, or
where the barb should be
on a barbless hook. Using
a micro ring hook swivel
will give you the added
movement on the hook
bait as well as letting it
move freely over the fluorocarbon. I tend to use this
rig along with two metres
o f t u b i n g. T h i s m i g h t
sound overkill, but it keeps your line
pinned down and protected when
you’re playing the fish. Anyway it’s
not like you’ve got to worry about
casting far.
L e t ’s m o v e o n t o t h e 3 6 0 - r i g,
another effective rig for the canal, as
the rig will sit on anything that’s on
the bottom. The 360-rig is very unpredictable as far as hook holds are concerned. I’ve found using the Fox longshank curve to be the best hook pattern to combat this problem. Another
problem you may find with this rig is
that in recent years the rig has been
banned from venues, as the eye of the
hook can get caught up in landing
nets and rip the carp’s mouths. A
away to combat this is by covering
the eye with a small piece of shrink
tube. This will stop the eye getting
caught up when the fish has been
landed. Tying the rig couldn’t be more
simple: the only knots that are
involved are four-turn grinner knots
on each side of the swivels. I would
start by threading a size 11 ring
swivel onto a size 8 Fox long shanked
curved hook. This will give the hook
the weight and movement. I would
then place my first hook bead right
the way down the shank, locking the
swivel down to the eye of the hook.
The next component is a critical
part of the rig – the Thinking Anglers
micro ringed hook swivel. This amazing piece of tackle will provide the
right amount of movement for the
hookbait whilst on the shank. To finish off the hook you simply add one
more hook bead opposite the barb to
lock the hook swivel into place. I
would then tie a semi-soft boom section like IQ2 from the hook to my cog
system, and that simply, it’s job done.
Now when it comes to hookbaits you
need just the right balance; the hook
needs to sit up right from the ring
swivel. This can be done by simply
using the Evolution corn stacks. If you
would like to use pop-ups then I suggest adding putty just under the rig
swivel.
The last piece of advice I can give
you is to work closely with other
anglers and respect each other’s
views. I can think of two anglers on
the Basingstoke canal I hold in high
regard and have a well desevered
mention in this piece. If it wasn’t for
Cameron Coxhead I wouldn’t have
any photos of Split Tail. On the day of
the capture I had no camera other
than my phone, but within ten minutes of landing the specimen,
(Top) Evolution corn stacks.
(Left) The D-rig with a Cell wafter,
perfectly balanced.
(Above) The deadly 360-rig.

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