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On my local lake the carp can often be seen cruising just below the surface and its deep, floating baits are banned so I am thinking of targeting them with zigs, just a quick question, should they be fished as a running set up or semi fixed with an inline?
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which ever you prefer- personal preference really

i think that you get better bite indication using a running lead but you may prefer a bolt rig type of setup????

if its deep you may want to use an adjustable zig (Like a marker float set up) so that you don't have to worry about casting a long hook link (like 12ft or something :lol: )- for this you have to use a running lead.

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I fish mine as a running rig but if you type 'zig rig' into a search & click on 'search for all terms', there's 150 different threads to read which should give you plenty of ideas :wink:

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Thanks, thats a good point on the marker style set up.
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unless the water is over 10ft deep i'll just use a fixed length rig, adjustables are good if its deeper but they do have their drawbacks, tangling on the cast being the worst, i struggle to cast the adjustable version more than a couple of rod lengths, any further and the float seems to wrap around the main line as it spins in the air :roll:

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Its about 12-15' all over other than 2-3' from the bank where it drops away quite steep.
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On my local lake the carp can often be seen cruising just below the surface and its deep, floating baits are banned so I am thinking of targeting them with zigs, just a quick question, should they be fished as a running set up or semi fixed with an inline?


Just a thought, by floating baits, does this inlcude pop ups etc? Or just baits for floater fishing like bread and chum mixers? Just a thought, as if it includes pop ups, then this would mean zig rigs are out of the question! :wink:
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The rule is floating baits, and if its a few inces below the surface then its not a floating bait.
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I think what Bunn' saying is, a 'floating' bait is a floating bait no matter at what height it is, it's still floating, but that depends how you (or the lake owner / club) want to look at it I suppose :?

If 'surface' fishing is banned then the zigs are a good way around this, like you say, 3 or 4 inches under the surface isn't surface fishing :twisted:

I think I'd clarify it with the owners / club rather than risk getting banned.

I know it all sounds petty but some people are :roll:

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Spot on what I was saying. Just pointing this out just incase this is the case at the water, so that you don't get penalized for doing something you thought was within the rules :wink:
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yes true good point, I will clarify with the bailiff, fortunately he is one of my fishing mates so it shouldn't take too long to clear up, but as you say, I don't want to get banned, and I wouldn't want to put him in a difficult position. I just thought it may be a way to catch those surface cruisers whithout breaking the rules. I am a rule abiding angler, but if I see an angle to gain an edge I will use it (legaly of course)
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Good stuff, well I hope it works out for you, and look forward to seeing some reports on here :D
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Can anyone please helpme, i've been reading about the zig rigs and an interesting point about using a marker float set up on a running lead.

I'm just wondering what would be the best way of safely tieing this type of rig. Obviously I know how to use marker rigs etc.. but am unsure on how to safely tie this rig to fish with. Also I assume you would not use any type of leader.

Please help

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the best lead set up 4 zigs is a light swivel lead of around an ounce attatched 2 a lead clip. dont use a tail rubber, instead tie it off with pva string or tape. when pva melts it allows the lead 2 be ejected on the run! this not only makes it safe it also makes it less likely 2 lose a fish while playing it which can happen often with zigs using heavier leads that are semi-fixed or running set-ups 4 that matter! good luck mate! :lol: 8)

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Can anyone please helpme, i've been reading about the zig rigs and an interesting point about using a marker float set up on a running lead.

I'm just wondering what would be the best way of safely tieing this type of rig. Obviously I know how to use marker rigs etc.. but am unsure on how to safely tie this rig to fish with. Also I assume you would not use any type of leader.

Hey,
1 foot of florocarbon knotless knot to a swivel with chosen hook bait, 2 beads.
thread your lead up the mainline using a running clip add the 2 beads then tie on ya hooklink, Add some floating putty to the swivel to balence the weight out.
Cast out adjust to desired depth.

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Why fluorocarbon?

a thin supple mono does the job just as well if not better-

when using an adjustable zig rig i use a 2-3 foot hook link followed by an in-line pike pencil float or an in-line bubble float (below the swivel) - a rubber bead or two and then a running lead attached to a boom with a cork ball (exactly the same as on a marker float setup) so that i know the rig will work over practically any lake bed.

you will suffer the odd tangle with any setup- no matter what- its just one of those things.

*you can get more buoyancy if using a bubble float (good for really deep waters) but be careful with your lead size and selection and casting as they can fracture the float- add extra rubber beads to be on the safe side - trust me- it can happen :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:(could have just been a dodgy bubble float :? -large poly balls can also work well.

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Anyone got a diagram of an adjustable rig? Just read Zander's post and I'm still well confused. Need to see it to picture it at the moment. Brain isn't working today!!

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Is that any good mate????????

you cast out and loose line out a foot at a time like on a marker float untill the float surfaces and then just reel your mainline in so that your bait sits at the required depth :)

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That's spot on thanks Zander.
Got a cigar float already so I assume that will do the same job.
Where abouts do you get the cork ball / boom from? I've had a good search around but to no prevail.
Thanks for the info.
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Never used a Zig Rig and was wondering if you would need to use a ring swivel or could you use an ordinary one?
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