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Technical Rig
Design
Snag Fishing Rigs by George Loughlin
I
n my last piece, I showed
you one of my preferred rigs
for tackling fishing with
pop-up baits, and in this
piece I am going to be looking at rigs and safe setups I
use when fishing around the environs
of snags or obstacles. Although we
are aiming to catch our intended
quarry, we still have duty of care to
ensure the carp do not come to harm
because of our yearning for a PB or
indeed a particular fish. Carp just love
a snag, whether it be for some quiet
time away from the constant barrage
of leads in the open water, or simply
because they like to bask there in
what they see as sanctuary, you can
bet that where there are snags, there
are carp. With this thought in mind,
when fishing in the proximity of subsurface obstacles, initially you need to
try to assess the extent of their spread
and make a mental note of their
severity, i.e. how dense the branches
are and how thick they are. This will
serve a few purposes, but primarily
you can weigh up the chances of
landing a fish safely, extracting a fish
should it get caught up in the snag,
and what sort of rig and lead setup to
use to combat all these factors in a
responsible manner.
Something we must remember is
the fact that it is not a fish at all costs,
and we should have enough respect
for our quarry to fish responsibly. By
this I mean that although the fish may
well be in the depths of the snags, it
doesn't mean that you have to
deposit your rig in the thick of it as
well. The results of such foolhardy
actions can result in major fish damage or ultimately tethering due to
snapped line, which is hardly very
sporting. So with my moral ramblings
(Above right) The essential
components for my definitive snag
rig.
(Right) As long as they are a minimum
of 25lb breaking strain they are
suitable.
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over, just what is the safest way of
tackling snag fishing for those cunning cyprinids? Well there are several
considerations for your choice of
tackle; firstly, the old carbon will need
to be up to the job, and my preference
is for a rod that will have the flexibility
to absorb powerful lunges in a hit and
hold situation, but still have the inher-
ent backbone to pull your fish clear.
Being a devout follower of the Century brand since I started carp fishing
20 years ago, my personal choice
would be for one of their latest NCS
range, which meets the previously
mentioned criteria admirably, and I'm
more than happy to use my 3.5lb versions. Your next major concern is your

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