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great effect with great hookholds.
Personally rigs are of minimal
importance to me; the bait itself and
the bait application/location are far
more important than the rig itself.
Having said that there are some
things a rig needs to have in order for
me to have confidence in it, one of
which is mechanical soundness and
safety; it needs to be safe for a start
and mechanically sound enough to
operate safely as well as present the
bait in a manner in which I want it.
For instance resting nicely on top of
the weed, popped up or just simply
hard on the bottom and not buried in
the silt like you get on very soft
lakebeds with very short hooklinks. It
also needs to be tangle free – there is
nothing worse than sitting there worried that it may be tangled, and winding a rod in after 12 hours or more in
the water to find it tangled is like a
kick in the goolies.
So for a rig to gain my confidence, it
needs to be tangle free, presenting the
bait in a way that I want it and safely
– nothing more complicated than
that. A good way of achieving that is
to use components you know are
compatible and strong enough. If you
are one of those obsessed with rig
camouflage then I can’t recommend
the Nash Diffusion Camo Range
enough; it simply disappears on practically every type of lakebed, particularly the leaders. With other brands
that have one colour for this and one
colour for that, what they don’t offer is
confidence every single time that you
cast it out. How can you know for certain that your rig is sat only on gravel
or only in weed or only on silt? Unless
you can actually see the rig you will
never know, but with the Diffusion
Camo Range it doesn’t matter; it just
seems to disappear over everything,
giving you that all-important confidence every time. It also has the
financial benefit of only requiring you
buy one type.
Is your hook sharp? This should
need no further input from me. If you
question it, it isn’t – it’s that simple.
As for tangles, there are loads of
methods from solid PVA bags to
sticks or stringers. Each have their
own place and the simple addition of
a bit of extra weight on the hook, i.e. a
mesh bag, stringer or mini stick can
reduce tangles in a massive way, but
they don’t cancel them out altogether.
In order to completely cancel out tangles it needs to be either a solid bag
or a stick mix the full length of the
hooklink. If I am fishing on the bottom
in moderate weed I try to use a small
stick mix at the very least. This way I
am certain that the direct vicinity of
the hook is likely to be tangle free and
unimpeded by weed. If there is no
weed present I generally use a small
mesh bag or a two or three-bait
stringer. I very rarely cast out without
anything on there, not unless I’m
placing it by hand or lowering it from
the tip. All in all I would class tanglefree presentation as the most important factor with regards to rigs, not
how good or fashionable it looks.
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