What Type of Fishing Rigs
are Suited to Various Situations
Stiff link carp rigs tend to be more effective when used on hard, clear lake
beds. They are not very effective when used in deep silt or heavy weed
areas. The loose debris scattered around weedy/silt areas can cause the
stiff links to become caught up and tangle. In other situations, even if the rig misses all the
debris, a fish could pick it up or it moves it about with their close movements, and
again causes it to be caught up or tangles slightly.
As a tip, always tie loops at swivels so the rig has complete flexibility to
allow the hook enough movement to go into a carp’s mouth.
Combi-links are used in order to give benefits
from both stiff, and supple materials. The stiff section reduces tangles and
helps push the hook away from the lead as it settles. The supple end
provides the flexibility so the hook can extend easily into a carp's mouth.
It also means the rig can work effectively no matter which side a fish
approaches the bait. You can easily make a combi-link fishing rig from
materials such as snake bite or snake skin. By stripping back a section of
the material by the hook you create a supple piece which acts the same as if
creating a rig from two separate materials.
I like to use combi-rigs for a large part of my
fishing. I find they can be a great rig for fishing singles or if casting a
rig out with boilies attached using PVA stringers.
Ultra slow sinking hook links
It’s not often anglers will use extra long hook links when fishing for carp,
but there are some situations where this type of tactic can work very well.
You first need to balance the bait so finely that it sinks ultra slowly
under the weight of the hook alone. Once you have this, you can make the
hooklink up to 3 feet long!
It can be used in the winter when
carp don’t move much looking for food.
Once you locate the fish, you cast the slow-sinking carp rig in front of the
fish, the bait sinks so slowly that carp have no way of NOT seeing the bait,
it also gives them plenty of time to be tempted by it. It is also best to
use the slow sinking carp rig in very calm conditions as there won’t be any
strong underwater current to waft it all over the place, and maybe tangle it
up before a fish takes the bait.
Helicopter Set Ups
Applying a New Carp Bait
Fishing for Carp in Rivers
Big Carp in the Spring
Location in the Summertime
Large Carp in the Cold Winter
of Most Carp in Autumn
Case for Quality Carp Bait
Fishing Tactics for Snags & Trees
Boilie Placement on the Hair rig
Different types of carp rigs to use
Attempting to Catch Wary Carp
A Carp's Digestive System in Detail
Baiting Tactics When Fishing
The Various Carp Bait
used to Catch Bigger Carp
When to use Pop-ups or Bottom Bait for Carp Fishing
complete a Baiting
Campaign on Lakes & Ponds
Basic Carp Fishing
Baits Used to Catch Large Carp
Fishing Tactics when Fishing for Carp during Long-stay Sessions
Advice & Articles on How to Fish for Big Carp