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These things have been around for donkeys years in one form or another and i never could understand the attraction or how they are supposed to improve your fishing .

 

In fact at one point i even asked the question on this forum .

They are nothing new and bring nothing to the table .

Designed to catch the young'uns and/or inexperienced , in my opinion of course .

Put the word "Korda" on used bog roll and people will buy it .:)

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Waste of money then! Inlines or lead clips seem to be what most anglers are using anyway!

 

I could do with a hand then as im relatively inexperienced when it comes to what setup for what situation and iv been done in this spot a couple of times!

 

My water has a swim that has channels running through it and only requires an underarm flick to put the rigs into position - what setup would you use to nail them as quickly as possible on the pickup before they either dart left into the roots of trees etc or the weedy that makes the channels up? Thats why i was interested in the cog system as it looks like with a short hooklink and a decent weight lead the hook hits home pretty quick!

 

Cheers Todd

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A cheap diy version:

 

Use an elastic band on the hook link and lead. On the pick up, the weight of the lead will be felt instantly, like an inline. Then during the fight or even earlier, the band will slip up the lead and you have the advantage of the lead clip system.

The one thing I will mention is, it may be less anti tangle than the line clip as standard; but so are in lines.

 

Scratchy sketch to follow.

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Waste of money then! Inlines or lead clips seem to be what most anglers are using anyway!

 

I could do with a hand then as im relatively inexperienced when it comes to what setup for what situation and iv been done in this spot a couple of times!

 

My water has a swim that has channels running through it and only requires an underarm flick to put the rigs into position - what setup would you use to nail them as quickly as possible on the pickup before they either dart left into the roots of trees etc or the weedy that makes the channels up? Thats why i was interested in the cog system as it looks like with a short hooklink and a decent weight lead the hook hits home pretty quick!

 

Cheers Todd

 

 

I would be using a running rig with a slack line. There is a lot of myth and misconception about lead set ups. A running rig will give you the indication long before any semi-fixed rig will. The problem/good thing with an inline lead, is the fish feels the weight instantly. It pulls in the hook, and the fish feels the weight, panics and runs as fast as possible. that's the last thing you want near snags. 

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TM I've re-read your post and from what I can gather you have snags (tree roots) on one side, with weed on the other side? With a channel running between that your fishing?

 

If the weed is in open water I'd fish over the top of it and directly at the snag. Generally the advice and how I've always fished to snags is directly at it and locked up. When you get a bite the fish will tend to swim towards you an away from the snag. If that means they go into a weed bed. Keep the pressure on you can get them through it. The quicker you can gain control by watching the line/tip the less they'll bury themselves in it. It feels uncomfortable at first but you have to give them a bit of stick.

 

If I've got the swim wrong from your description ignore me.

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I have to disagree with that, fishing snags is basically what I do, you need zero stretch, hence why I  use braid, no slack line, bow string tight, locked up with the rod angled at ninety degrees to the bank, any take will result in instant hooking and the rod absorbing the inititial surge, but beware, if you are not careful your rod will disappear very rapidly, hence one rod.

 

I agree your way will work. But its not the only way. Your tight line gives you an angry fish that is darting for the snags, your rod is locked solid to not let it get any closer. My slack line and running rig gives me instant indication, a few beeps and i can pick up the rod before the fish moves, without the tight line, and resistance from the lead ,generally the fish won't even attempt to go for the snags until the rod is in my hands. At the first beep, pick up the rod and slowly walk backwards, the fish is out the snags before it knows whats what, i am not wrestling an angry fish that is already at the snag, angry, and already has the rod at full tilt.  People will probably disagree, and slack lining against snags isn't for the feint hearted, but it really works, and has put far more fish on the bank for me. the only time i use a tight line against snags is at distance, or when fishing a washing-line set up, not that i would condone any snag method without a fair amount of experience. 

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Due to the close range, all the methods suggested will work. It's angler's preference and more importantly level of experience that shoud be considered, before deciding on what to use.

As for the COG system, I think it's too cluttered in terms of components. Choosing an heavier inline lead would be a better option in this instance , with a very short hooklink.

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I bought some cog leads with all components inc on ebay, something like £11 for 8 of them, I've been testing them out having my normal lead system on one rod and a cog on the other, so far no difference to takes I'm afraid,I can see their suggested use i.e center of the lead etc but all i can work out is its just a complicated way of fishing an inline but not losing the lead on a take, that's if you fish an inline with line on outside which is the only sensible way of using em, no point in having lead bouncing about is there,hope this helps

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