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  1. Yes these were the lakes I found by drone. I managed to make just one swim at the last lake. I have had some small low doubles to 15lb and lost a bigger one to a hook pull when float fishing with sweetcorn. The problem is we are spoilt for choice here. At 74 years old I am getting a bit long in the tooth for "guesting". I have a key to another lake where I can fish straight from the car 10 metres from the gate and be guaranteed a few low doubles (and there is only one other perch fisherman with a key). They are all lean mean hard fighting fish and a lot of fun. If you prefer English style fishing I guess Rainbow Lakes is only 1.5 hours away but it is not my cup of tea.
  2. The lakes were all constructed in the 1960s or 1970s by putting a simple earth dam across a steam. The bottom is clay. I have not tried either of the first two lakes yet so have no real idea of structure.
  3. I have looked at many of the swims featured in this thread with envy. By contrast, I have posted a YouTube link to a swim I am currently pre-baiting every day with 5 kilo of raw maize and 1 kilo of the cheapest boilies that can be bought in Decathlon. I have to park some way from where the entrance is to avoid advertising the fact I am there. The swim is on one of three lakes on an abandoned estate. (The deceased owner is buried on an island to the left of my swim!). As you can see it is a pig to get to every day even though it only takes 7 minutes. I just follow the dog (who discovered the hole in the fence for me). On the plus side – I am the only one fishing it, it is free, it is only 2miles from my front door and the head of carp is totally unknown {although I have heard some very large splashes). It is exciting to fish because, as Forrest Gump’s mum says, you never know what you are going to get. https://youtu.be/dByq9f_E-AM
  4. Appreciate your interest. have a great holiday
  5. No definitely use a separate hook link. You want a safe set up. I always use an inline lead on mainline with swivel at end of hooklink. I guess a stiff braid hooklink is OK but you definitely need a flexible line at the boilie end. It was not particularly designed as an anti-tangle rig. Personally, if I am casting I put the rig in a PVA bag (I have my own ideas about that too!). Where possible, I prefer to use a bait boat. I didn’t even know what a dumbell wafter was so had to google it. It looks OK. Definitely thread it on through its long axis. I have not found the need to put a stop above the boilie. I try to keep stuff as simple as possible but it should do no harm. You could also consider a floating maize instead of a stop. Good luck and let us know how you get on.
  6. That is an excellent question emcee. No I do not mean hook pulls and I have not watched my rig enter a carp’s mouth. I have probably watched the same videos as you which is why I came up with the idea. I often use, what I refer to as, an “active lead” system. This is simply a collar mounted on the lead. I wind down and put a strong bend in the rod as the collar digs into the silt and the line is bowstring tight. The slightest movement of the bait dislodges the lead and the rod straightens. (I am sure I have posted this system on here before). If the rod straightens and I have no fish, I assume I have been “done”. Also, as previously mentioned, this year I have been float fishing a lot using the classic “lift” method. If I use the bald rig, the fish tears off straight away. If I use a typical hair, I do sometimes get a lift and return before I get a chance to strike. The same thing happens when using sweetcorn directly on the hook. From this evidence I surmise that the bald rig is better but I would be happy to listen to other ideas.
  7. I can’t see that the rig is any less safe than a normal hair rig, however I have never had to deal with fishery owners so I would not comment on their prejudices. I also have no experience of so called “rig shy” fish. Salokcinnodrog made an interesting point about changing hair length to suit bottom conditions such as silt which set my grey cells rotating. I have a concern which I cannot find a way to test yet so I offer the following thought experiment. The problem, as I see it, when looking at explanations of how a rig works, is that it usually considered on its own in isolation from anything else that is happening in a carp’s mouth. A carp can only pick up a certain amount at any one time e.g. a mouthful equal to the volume of its buccal cavity. This will consist of water, silt, ground bait, freebies and hopefully your hook bait so how will this affect your rig? Just to keep the maths simple, imagine a cube of 27 boilies which equate to a single mouthful being sucked in. The top layer of 9 boilies will go well into the mouth. The second layer of 9 boilies are also comfortable inside the mouth. The bottom layer of 9 boilies will only just be inside the mouth. Now imagine each boilie is on a hair attached to a hook. The first two layers will be OK but the with the lower layer of 9 boilies the hook will never go inside the mouth so can never work. In other words you only have a 66% chance of the hair working. With the bald rig the hook turns above the boilie so you have a 100% chance of it working. Do the same with smaller boilies occupying the same volume. If you have a 4 X 4 X 4 pattern (64 boilie) using the same logic the hair rig will have a 75% chance of working (bald rig stays at 100%). So I would conclude the bigger the boilie, relative to the buccal cavity volume, the bigger the chance of a hair not working. OK that is an extremely hypothetical explanation but I think there may be SOME merit in the conclusion. When your bait is sucked up it is competing with all sorts of detritus to find room inside that cap's mouth. Please do give it a try Carpbell. I think it is good to have an enquiring mind and, as said before, let us know how you get on.
  8. I have fished variations of this rig against traditional hair rigs and never had a hook hold outside the mouth in fact both methods hook just inside the mouth. I cannot remember any exceptions. The main difference is I get a few missed takes with a traditional hair but am hard pushed to remember any missed takes using this rig. Interesting comments, thanks for the feedback.
  9. Could I just say something about testing rigs in general? I strongly recommend that you test your rigs in action by filming them being sucked up and then reviewing that action in slow motion or frame by frame. I forget who it was but I read that someone advocated putting a shot on the bend of the hook to get a better hooking action. The explanation for using it was pretty convincing. When I tested it myself I saw that as soon as the sucking stopped and there was no tension in the line, the hook just dropped down bend first with little chance of hooking anything. It is best not to take anybody’s word for anything without testing it yourself.
  10. The hair has survived for 50 odd years so of course it works well. That does not mean it cannot be improved and I like to nudge all the odds gently in my favour. I did a lot of testing with the hair and found that the most important aspect for me IMHO is the position at which the hair comes off the shank of the hook. It needs to be just above the centre of gravity. Thus when being sucked in, and with the drag on the line, the point tucks under the boilie to make a smooth entry (and not hook outside of mouth). As soon as the line goes slack (when sucking movement stops), the hook drops down to an aggressive position. You can see this from screen shots taken from that video. IN OUT The drawback is that the whole of the boilie and the hook length must enter the mouth. Nine time out of ten this is not a problem. However, a carp can only take in one mouthful at a time and there must be times when the boilie does not fully enter the mouth in which case the hair rig will not work but the bald rig still has a chance. I am also convinced that the bald rig has a further advantage in that the sudden rotation movement makes the fish bolt straight away. Obviously I cannot prove this but all my takes using it are very fast. There are no casual nibbles as it were. I am enjoying float fishing at the moment using the classic lift method. If I am using the bald rig I get a very slight lift then the float disappears off to the horizon at speed. If I use a few grains of sweetcorn on the hook, I get the classic lift and have to strike the fish or risk losing it. I really do appreciate any input even if it is negative and I too am VERY interested in how others get on. When you have confidence in a rig it is extremely difficult to switch to a new method.
  11. WRAPS … and any other cobbled together unit of measurement like “rod lengths”. We have a perfectly adequate and unambiguous system of measurement called the metric system. Why make life complicated by using anything else?
  12. I used to call it The Spinner but then someone put a swivel on a hook and called that a spinner. Not sure what you mean by "going mainstream" I am only passing on my limited experience to anyone who might be interested. My carp fishing is quite a bit different from most on this forum. From personal tests I rate the hair 80 to 85% effective and the Bald Rig 98 to 99% effective. But that estimate is very subjective (and possibly biased) Would be interested how you get on. I would predict no missed takes.
  13. Let us know how you get on. Yes a wafter is definitely best. The nearer you can get to neutral buoyancy the better IMHO. The rig started off as a pop up rig and evolved from there. The carp can only take one mouthful at a time so a wafter increases your chances of being included. With this rig it is still possible to hook a fish even if the boilie itself does not get past the lips. I do not think that would happen with a hair (especially a long hair as some people like to advocate using)
  14. Now posted Crusian under new topic. Hope it makes sense.
  15. I may have posted older versions of this idea on here before. I have now got it down to an incredibly simple rig that anyone can tie. I have made a YouTube clip to try and explain my thinking. I apologise for the typeface used because it make L and i look the same but my font picker disappeared from the software I was using to make it. If it is still not clear how it works, simply place a cylinder (e.g.. a round cookie cutter) over the rig and gently lift the boilie. As the line tightens you will see what is happening. I may be simply re-inventing the wheel but have not found it described elsewhere.
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