FREE LINE 03 - Page 181

All Things Riggy
(Above) A balanced bait and inline
lead complete the setup.
1. Tools for balancing a Brazil.
2. Drill out the nut.
3. Having inserted the cork plug,
thread through the floss.
4. How the nut sits.
tiger nuts or Brazil nuts, with either a
tiger or Brazil chosen for the hookbait.
With a cork plug inserted into the nut,
I was able to cover the size 7 ESP Big
T hook, and with the right buoyancy
the hook would hang with just the
bend of the hook touching the
lakebed. I wanted to use a monofila-
ment nylon for the hooklink, as this
would give me enough stiffness to
avoid the tangles, as several casts
would often have to be made to find
the tiny spots in the weed I'd be casting into. Unlike a lot of my fellow
anglers, I refrained from using a bait
boat, and would cast out my rigs and
spod out the bait. A lot more satisfaction came from any capture doing it
the Jedi way – beware of the dark
side!! Choice of hooklink material
was a relatively easy one. Despite
what you might think, dark lines seem
to disappear very well in clear water,
and with the Car Park Lake being
crystal clear, I was using good old
fashioned 15lb Maxima as my mainl i n e. A l t h o u g h t h e M a x i m a
Chameleon seems to be very dark, it
does let the light through, and when
draped over the lakebed, it disappears
in clear water. Six years on from this,
and we now see several tackle companies bringing out end tackle that
lets light through, and thus blends in
over the lakebed and becomes almost
invisible. I'll look more into this subject at a later date, as it certainly justifies a whole article at least on its
So, back to the Maxima
Chameleon. I chose to use 15lb breaking strain as the weed was very bad.
Another reason for choosing Maxima
is that it has a lot of stretch in it, and I
felt that if and when I should be lucky
enough to connect with one of the
lake’s mighty residents the chances
are that the heavy weed would play a
part. The lead is what picks up the
ball of weed during the fight, and I
knew of other people who'd used
short nylon hooklinks who found that
once playing a ball of weed, with a
carp behind, the carp would be shaking its head and putting all the strain
on the link as opposed to the whole
setup, due to the weight of the weed.
This whole scenario puts too much
pressure on the hooklink, forcing it to
part. With the realistic possibility of
only one or two chances a season in
the CP, this was a risk I could not
afford. The Maxima however, over a 910in rig had sufficient stretch that
would act as a shock absorber should
a hooked carp be bouncing off a ball
of weed during battle.
With the hooklink chosen it was
deciding how to tie it up. Obviously I
wanted the balanced bait tight to the
hook to cover it, and what with fishing with particles the fish would be


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