Well I was going to inform you all how I was having it away, on my new syndicate water, but alas nothing to report. I have fished two short sessions with only one small bream to show for my pains. So rather than bore you with an account of how I caught almost nothing I thought I might share my ideas on the rigs that I use.
I have three basic rigs in my armoury nothing fancy I’m afraid.
Firstly my version of the chod rig, or should I say reverse chod rig. This is tied normally with a fang twister hook and a length of stiff fluoro carbon line, that I tie knotless knot style using at least 13 turns down the hook shank, and 3 turns up towards the eye. I then attach a new style screw attachment that I screw into my chosen pop up bait. I then tie an overhand loop knot to attach a multi swivel. I use the handle of a rig puller or something round of similar size, to make a nice round profile as you can see from the photo. I then either attach this straight on to my mainline or a length of lead core. This depends upon the amount of weed I encounter. I then trap this between two reasonably tight fitting beads to give some movement to sit on top of any weed encountered.
My second rig is the hinged stiff rig, for this rig I like to use a long shank in turned eye hook, and a stiff fluorocarbon filament line. I tie this knotless knot style trapping the line with a piece of tube at the point where it leaves the bend of the hook I then tie a small loop to use to attach my pop up bait. I then tie a small swivel using a overhand loop knot and again use a round tool to make the loops as round as possible. This is very important as it adds movement to the rig. To the other end of the swivel I use a very stiff section of fluorocarbon line this ensures my boom section throws the rig away from the lead. I attach this to my lead set up normally by a safety lead clip.
My third rig is made by stripping 2 to 3 inches of stiffish coated braid and tying a small loop to end of the stripped section. I then whip down the shank of a wide gape hook until I am level with the hook point I then whip back up towards the eye three times. I then pull the rig tight and attacha oval rig ring by a three turn blood knot to use to attach to my main line, this rig can is best suited to bottom baits or snowman set ups.
So these are my main lines of attack, one thing that is ultra-important is the use of the sharpest hooks you can obtain. I cannot stress this enough. As I think that this point is overlooked. I look forward to reporting a few fish in the near future.