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  1. Thanks for all your comments. I tried Zigging for the first time this week but no results. Did black foam at different depths and a couple of zig bugs the same. It was a hot day and no bites on my standard bottom rigs until over night when it went crazy for few hours. Still, I will persevere and hopefully gain success when the conditions are right.
  2. Hi, I am off to Richworth Linear fisheries next week for a night or two and would like some advice on which lakes to try and good swims. I was also told a couple of days ago that there have been a lot of thefts in the past from people fishing over night. This has got me a little worried as I am off on my own. Any experiences or intelligence on this?
  3. I have just recently started to use the zig rig, particularly as its been warm and the fish are cruising at mid level. So far I have only used pop up boillies as I thought a natural bait was essential. I have heard however, that a lot of people are starting to use coloured foam and artificial bugs. in the former case (foam) I am really reluctant to try it because its just bit of foam, why would a carp even consider wanting to eat it as It has no smell and just looks un-natural. Anyone can help with the carp side view and if you have found it successful. In the later case I suppose at least it looks like a bug but how do you chose? There are plenty of them out there and some really don't look natural either. Fox seems to have a good range but is there a rule of numb which identifies which ones to use and when? Really want to try both but need some advise so at least I can dive in with a degree of confidence.
  4. Thank for the responses......I understand the bait size argument which is a good one but maybe a big bait with a small hook is less obvious to the carp. So if you have a 20mm boillie with a size 10 hook it's more likely to go undetected. The question then is, if its a 20+ pounder, could you miss the catch because the hook is too small to make contact with the big mouth. certainly holds up the opinion that that large hook maybe doesn't equal large carp but equally the opposite too. The idea of tying the hooks on the bank is another answer if the one your using doesn't seem to be working. It almost leads me to the view that hook size is only 10% of the deal and its more about presentation. You could almost do everything and be quite successful if you only ever used a size 8 on a 20lb hook length and 30lb braid main line. I'm sure I am not the only one who has questioned what hook size to use and what match to the hook length breaking strain. I am guessing that a lot of people have boatloads of rigs and are not really sure which to use and in what situation. In fact, any or all them might be just fine.....it's definitely an interesting topic and I'm still not convinced which way I should go.
  5. This may sound obvious to the experts here however, the one thing I find confusing is deciding on hook size per made up rig. Clearly, fish type, size of mouth, feeding methods, specimen size etc have a big impact however, lets say I head for a couple of days in search of that elusive big carp. Do I go for a size 4 hook on 20lb line or would it be equally OK to use a smaller size 10. Clearly I don't want to miss the 10 pounders and dearly want to hook the 25 pounder but does the hook size make a difference here or at the end of the day, is it more about presentation of the hook than size? Generally and by rule of thumb, I increase hook size with the breaking strain of the tippet which hasn't really let me down however, I am curious as to how others make the choice as there doesn't seem to be a logical science other than fish size to hook size. I.E. The bigger the target fish, the bigger the bigger the hook, the bigger the breaking strain. I am catching the carp so probably have it close to being correct but what is the rule of thumb for the experts here?
  6. Thanks, very useful comments. I came across some Korda Supernatural and Soft N-Trap from a friend. Would you recommend these or should I go out and get a reel of Kryston Super silk. Might as well try it now I've got the wisdom of the experts.
  7. Some times its a dilemma for me in terms of which hook line to use. While I understand the use of braid in main line due to it's strength and small diameter, it's a mystery to me why anyone would use braid for a hook length. Firstly there are so many choices of colour which needs significant knowledge of the bottom condition. Even given we can drag leads to find weed, silt, gravel or clay, the chances of getting it wrong and hence being very visible to the fish is significant. With modern Fluorocarbons and a refractive index of near water to make it near invisible, there is a much better chance of getting things right. It also allows you have less rigs and to spend your time of which type of rig rather than multiple bottom types. There are also different type of fluorocarbon now such as ultra stiff (for pop up presentation), ultra soft and normal. Equally the lines are getting less in diameter and more durable. While I have plenty of raided rigs, I am becoming a definite fluorocarbon fan. Am I losing the plot or is this the way the trend is moving.
  8. I just got the very same Marker and Spod rod from Fishtec. To be honest, it's not too much of a decision to go with this combo, Number 1, it's cheap and number 2, your not using it to play a big carp. The spod rod is stiff at over 4lbs which handles a pretty big spod and as long as your use mono main line (for stretch) with a strong braid shock leader, you will have no problems. The marker rod does not have markers but you can easily do that your self. It's around 3lb which is fine. I use a light braid as it's easy casting. Go for it....
  9. Thanks for all the advise, I was generally thinking along those lines but always helps to get other opinions. Still not sure why there are no standards that manufacturers have to adhere to.
  10. I have been using Korda Kurv hooks for some time and never really thought about comparable hooks until I decided to try Nash Fang Uni. When I compared sizes, the Nash Uni size 10 looks a tad smaller than the Korda Kurv size 12. That led me to look at other hooks and found that the Drennan size 10 feeder even looks slightly smaller (but negligible) than the Nash Uni size 10. Now in general I tend to use the hook that looks the right size but it is confusing, especially when you read articles talking about certain size hooks in certain situations however, if the hook is bigger than it says on the packet your going to get it wrong. Seems as a rule of thumb the Korda hooks are a size bigger than it says on the pack compared to others. Any words of wisdom?
  11. Having spend quite some time trying to find a suitable method feeder for my helicopter rig, I finally decided to buy the elasticated version of the Preston and Kobra feeders so I can use my existing moulds. My idea is to discard the elastic and use the eye with a swivel to attach to the rig. It then occurred to me that people use his feeder with the elastic presumably because it provide a soft take. It does however raise issues on the safety of this rig unless of course you use hook leader that is significantly lower than main line to avoid the fish being left with the entire rig. Even then, if the main line snags and breaks, the fish is left with all the tackle. Surely this is questionale rig when it come to safety. What is the general view on using the elastic feeder method?
  12. Thanks for the links and your right, a lot of reading...and a lot of opinions, especially regarding leadcore. Will take me a while get through all of it but very interesting so far. Cheers
  13. Looking at the excellent responses I decided to experiment with the tubing method. I made up a stand alone rig with a loop to attached to the main line but that does not look right. I am now guessing that the tube should be threaded onto the main line with no knots or loops above it. This means more tying on the bank but seems logical to go this way. Sorry for all these questions but I do want to want my rigs to be as safe as possible. I did look at different articles on the web but while they showed the lead end, none mentioned the rod end.
  14. I had actually converted my helicopter leadcore to slider but having read all this, I just converted them back. Makes me feel a lot better and knowing that the helicopter is actually the safer option. Makes a lot of sense now. Thanks for all your help
  15. I started carp fishing this season and I am learning all the time. The big topic is always the "death rig" and I am just learning the different techniques to make rigs safe. The most confusing rig for me is the helicopter rig used by many carp fisherman. The rig looks like a typical death rig as the lead is fixed to the end of the leader. There also does not seem to be any suitable quick release products for this type of rig. The traditional safety clip is in line and facing away from the hook line so the lead stays on when casting. If the line then breaks and and it gets snagged by the carp, the lead pulls off easily. even if you adapt it for an end of line weight it's the wrong way round. I can see it's a nice rig to use with PVA but it certainly does not comply to the safety rules. Any suggestions/comments?
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