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Baitzone Ziggy Pops Tips
Try a half and half bait – a real edge at
going on you’ll often see seagulls
going crazy, continually sweeping
and making a general nuisance of
themselves. At times I’ve seen carp
topping in these areas, failed to get
bites on the bottom and a switch to
zigs, especially when fished close to
the surface, has often brought instant
results. Whatever the reason, the use
of subsurface baits is one that when
mastered can be devastatingly effective and could bring a whole new
dimension to your angling.
Ok so where do we start? Well first
up there are a few common factors
when assessing the effectiveness of
zigs, these being water clarity, depth
and fish stocks. Zigs have been more
effective for me on clear waters, reaffirming my belief that sight is a major
factor when fishing them. The depth
also is an important factor and whilst
I’ve caught on relatively shallow
waters, it’s the pits and lakes with a
good few feet in them that seem to be
best. It’s clear why this is so, as obviously the more water between the
surface and lakebed there is, then the
more the fish have to travel and
explore, giving the angler lots of
options and depths to try. The amount
of fish in your chosen venue is
another factor, and whilst I know zigs
will work on sparsely stocked waters,
it’s the venues that have a good stock
and where the fish move in good
sized groups where this method can
really come into its own. Competition
for food and the percentage factor are
the keys – after all, getting bites on
zigs when fishing for 50 fish is more
probable than when fishing for five.
Well, if I’ve convinced you to give zigs
a go this summer, then perhaps a few
pointers may help?
What do you need? When it
comes to terminal tackle choice
remember you’re fishing in or near a
clear background; there’s no muddy
bottom or ‘chod’ to hide your rig and
line, so everything is on show. Luckily
the last couple of seasons we have
seen a number of companies taking
the steps forward to help anglers out
when it comes to using suitable
hooks and more importantly hooklinks. Obviously because of the nature
of how and where the bait is presented, i.e. in midwater, we need to
look at using the smallest hooks and
lightest hooklink we can safely get
away with. I know a lot depends on
the size of fish you’re likely to catch,
and if fishing for smaller carp perhaps
in clear venues lighter hooklinks
maybe suitable.
Personally I won’t now use hooklinks lighter than 10lb and look at
Small PVA mesh bags – perfect for preventing tangles.
Baitzone Floater packs – ideal loose
diameter more than breaking strain as
my guide. .026-.030 are perfect for
zigs, and now there are a number of
purpose designed lines intended for
zig or floater fishing. Whatever your
choice please be careful when tying
knots and always check both the line
and knot after each fish. My number
one choices are either Gold Label Pro
Clear in 8 or 10lb or Gardner Tackle’s
purpose designed Zig Link – both are
perfect for my needs.
When it comes to hooks until
recently I had one or two patterns
that I preferred and pretty much dismissed anything else. It was only
when another angler pointed out his
preference for out-turned ‘chod’ type
hooks and his success on them that I
started to look at my own hooks. After
listening to a number of successful
anglers I’m currently giving the Gardner size 12 Mugga hooks a serious go.
These are super-sharp and aggressive
in their shape, and I’ve found them to
give superb hookholds.
No tangles. This is a subject close
to my heart, as when I first started
fishing zigs a few years ago, I got
plenty of tangles. These days I rarely
cast out without a piece of dissolvable foam on the hook, or if bites are
coming quickly, a small bag of Baitzone floaters or Richworth Trout Pellets in a small PVA mesh bag.
Both methods work and prevent
tangles, but sometimes the foam
nuggets can take to long to melt
especially in the cold month. A sec-


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