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All Things Riggy
n last months part of All
Things Riggy I looked at concealing the hook under a balanced bait, and went into
detail about a successful rig
I’ve used incorporating an
unfashionable hooklink material –
mono; the one I choose being Maxima. In this issue I'm going to look at
a couple of pop-up rigs and chosen
materials that I make them with,
which not only makes the rig work as
intended, but blends in well on the
lakebed. Although I'm currently writing this sat on the banks of Fox Pool
on a rare sunny warm day at the end
of September, by the time you get to
read this, we will all be in winter
mode. This is when pop-up rigs come
i n t o a l o t o f p e o p l e ’s t h o u g h t s ,
although I use them right throughout
the year, and find them to be a winner
for the bigger carp in the venue.
As I've mentioned before a big carp
will perceive a pop-up differently to
say a double figure carp. With this in
mind, a pop-up might help you to single out the larger specimens in your
lake, as the smaller fish might spot
your pop-up as a danger bait, but the
big fat carp who physically can’t get
as low to the lakebed as his smaller
brethren will have the perception that
it’s on the bottom, due to its higher
angle, looking down on it, as opposed
to horizontally at it. Something to
think about if you can't get amongst
the big fish in your venue and have
only been catching smaller carp on
bottom baits! At this time of year, single hookbaits account for a lot of captures, as the carp on most venues will
have fed heavily throughout the
autumn, and with the drop in temperatures will be eating very little and
living off their fat reserves after boilie
munching for the last couple of
With all the leaf debris and rotten
weed that will have built up on our
lakebeds, the pop-up comes into its
own, as with the hook proud of the
bottom it can still work to 100% of its
effectiveness, and with the carp's
movement at a minimum at this time
of the year, your rig needs to be working to its maximum. As at any time of
year, but particularly in winter when
the carp can be very localised and
only moving short distances, it’s critical to get your hookbaits right on the
carp. Any sighting of a carp should
have a rig immediately put on it (as
long as someone else isn’t already
fishing the swim/spot). This is where
(Above) Cold and windswept.
(Below) The chod rig underwater.
the fashionable chod rig really comes
into its own.
By sliding the backstop up the
leadcore you can pretty much guarantee that your pop-up is going to
settle on top of whatever it lands on,
a s o ppo s e d to bury i ng i nto a ny
weed/chod that the lead might land
in. So if you see any signs of fish, be it
a patch of bubbles, a roll or a carp
launch out, even with no prior knowledge of the swim you can present a
rig to that show by launching out a
choddy. A lot of carp are known to sit
in midwater at this time of year, so
even a high choddy of 3-4ins would
not seem too alien, as the fish are
likely to be coming down onto the
bait from above, and with the hook
hanging under the bait, it should be
hidden from view.
I use Korda Choddy hooks usually
in a size 6, although I have used ESP
Stiff Riggers, which with the intermediate sizes give you a wider range of
choice for hook size. Both are very
sharp, but I do currently prefer the
Choddy hooks, as they have a slightly
beaked point, and with using such a
short hooklink, they stay in better
with a lead swinging about so close
to the hooklink. Hooklink material for
the rig is always ESP Stiff Rig Bristle
Filament, usually in the 20lb breaking
strain. The beauty of the bristle filament is that you can curve it and it
retains its shape. You are looking to
achieve a nice smooth curl of the
hooklink, and you can bend the hooklink simply by shaping it between fin-


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