Thanks to the advancement in technology in the Carp Fishing World, anglers now have access to an amazing range of tackle, from camping gear right down to the smallest bits and pieces where my quarrel comes to life. Called “Mr. Technical” I find it suitable to show you my collection of favourite rigs and presentations for catching the most elusive of Carp around.
In my opinion, anglers around the world sometimes lose themselves in spectacular rods, reels, pods and camping equipment, but their end tackle, rigs and bait presentations leaves much to be desired. During carp fishing clinics, I tend to spend more time explaining the mechanics of rigs than most other elements, as I believe by getting anglers to first understand how, where and when a carp feeds, is more important than explaining what rod would do the job better than another.
Now let us get down to the business end and kick this series off with a much underrated rig in carp fishing called the “Multi-Rig”. Also called the “Kebab Rig”, this big carp catcher is designed to be fished with a variety of hookbaits on one hair, and to create a mouthful which is difficult to eject when taken into the mouth. The reason why I like it is because it targets the bigger specimens and can be used in pretty much any water depth. This rig was a key contributor in a recent victory my peg mate and I had at our Protea Trials in January this year when we had the six biggest fish of the tournament within a two-hour period from one small gravel spot at 19m range from the bank.
Construction is pretty easy and consists of 4 elements – a 15lb Black Silt, rig ring, hair braid and of course a size 4 Ace Continental Extra Strong hook. I have been experimenting with a new 20lb heavy, hollow hook link material which splices beautifully with exceptional results, but it is yet to be named and launched, so I want to show materials that are commercially available instead.
I begin by tying a 2cm loop in one end of a length of Black Silt, then measure about 18-19cm and fold the braid, and 5cm further down tie another loop. The next step is to thread the larger loop through the eye of the hook, sliding a medium rig ring through the loop and folding the loop over the hook. Next you choose the desired bait onto a baiting needle, take a length of uncoated braid, thread one end through the rig ring, hold both ends of the uncoated braid together and thread the baits onto the uncoated braid. Now make an overhand knot in the braid, but just before locking the knot slide a boilie stop into the loop, then tie off the knot.
Now this all sounds just like another rig without purpose, but there is a lot more purpose than meets the eye. First of all I use a combination of baits, one being a 10-12mm pop-up boilie, a tiger nut and grain of maize. The idea is to mimic the variation of particles normally used in your feed, and then by putting your baited rig amongst it, the carp is less likely to be wary of the rig due to the combination of baits on the hair. I am not a great believer in mass baiting for big carp, and prefer the old “mouse trap” approach, so therefore this bait presentation fits in perfectly with my preferred baiting method. The hook remains flat on the lake bed while the pop-up coupled with the particles on the hair creates a critically balanced presentation and at the same time neutralizes the weight of the hook, making it close to weightless when sucked in by the target fish. As the carp has to close its mouth and press the tongue against its pallet to taste the bait, the hook is cocked in the perfect position to prick the flesh and make it bold, which in turn sets the hook deep into the bottom lip.
I experimented with this method at our trials and used the small gravel patch as the perfect place to use it, and small was my surprise when I caught our six biggest fish of the tournament on this rig. The hook holds were in the middle of the bottom lip, exactly where the perfect hook hold should be. I was so impressed with the result from this amazing rig that I decided to use it as my introductory choice. I can never take any credit for this rig as my mate from the UK, Martin Locke was the brain behind this one. Each of the six fish caught that night had the same hook hold and was the difference between our winning and the other pegs ending behind us.
*In the following months I will be delving deep for more unusual and special rigs that could be the missing element in your pursuit of your next personal best.
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