Rig - Adding Weight - Carp Angler


WORDS & IMAGES // John Dearden


Traditionally tungsten putty has been used for years in bait presentation, mainly to present a floating bait at a specific depth off the bottom. This alone can make a huge difference to your catch rate, and can be used with all baits from Boilies, to Maize to Tigers, which all can be fine-tuned with just a pinch of putty on the hook-link.

However over the past few years anglers have been experimenting with various weights added to other parts of the rig, from on the hook itself to under the bait. This small addition to the presentation can not only provide an array of different presentations, but also be used to trip up those wary fish that either are just more cautious or have been caught a few times and have learnt to avoid or deal with the usual presentations offered. Here are a few alternatives that have made the difference around the world, and will probably just make a difference in your own fishing.


  • Tungsten or lead-free barrels have a very fine internal hole, which grips the hook-link material pretty tightly, so is perfect to fine tune and adjust your presentation to exactly where you want.
  • An inner lead wire using lead core makes a great counterweight, plus it’s free every time you splice your own core, even the lead free stuff can be used. Can be added onto anything from rig tubing to the hook, to the hook-link. Easy to wrap and break pieces off, it’s easy to fine tune even the lightest of baits.
  • I think Frank Warwick first came up with this variation many years ago, with the split shot close to the point, ensuring no matter what bait, size or type, the hook-point will always be positioned down in the fish’s mouth. Tied with fine braid, a split shot is nipped on, just enough to hold in place but not too tight so it can slide back up the shank when the fish is hooked.
  • A really clever little trick this. Not only does it keep a buoyant bait close to the bottom, but it leaves the hook free and loose, allowing it to drop down into the fish’s mouth.

If there’s one variation to try, this is it.