Keeping Concealed

With waters being gin clear at this time of year, Marcus Barrowcliffe turns to his favourite fluorocarbon rigs to keep one step ahead of the carp.

After arriving at Berners Hall Fishery, it struck me how clear the water was and it made me think straight away how easily the fish were going to be able to see my rig on the lake bed. When faced with such clear water the obvious choice of rig material for me is a fluorocarbon hooklink, so I set about tying up my three favourite rigs using the Deceptive Soft fluorocarbon.

Soft Deceptive fluorocarbon hooklink – just the job!
A wafter is my choice of hookbait
It’s critical to ensure the bait isn’t too buoyant for the rig
My ever-faithful spod mix features plenty of different particles to keep fish interested

I’d managed to find some hard clean spots to position my rigs after having a lead about, and I started to bait up the areas using a mixture of maggots, casters and hemp which has proven deadly for me at this time of year on similar waters. Using a soft fluorocarbon rig with a wafter hookbait over this kind of bait has worked really well in the past for me, and I cast on to the spot after covering the hook with a PVA nugget to help kick the rig out a bit and aid with anti-tangle purposes.

My first choice of rig is very simple and incorporates a Baseline Tungsten Line Aligner on a curve shanked hook and uses a Threaded Flexi Bait Oval Ring to attach my bait, which is then secured on the hook using a Baseline Tungsten Rig Stop. Very simple but highly effective. My second and third choices are very similar, with one using a supple hair tied to the shank of the hook, and the other using a style of D-rig to allow plenty of movement of the bait.

Super slack lines allow the fish to come into the swim without shying off the line
One of Berners Hall’s newest residents

All three rigs are concealed and pinned to the deck using a Medium Sinker in the middle of the hooklink for extra peace of mind that the fish aren’t going to be wary around my rig. Being able to change my hooklink quickly and with ease is a must for me, so I use a KwickLinq Swivel Lead Clip to which my rig attaches and it’s secured in place using the Anti-Tangle Sleeve. The Baseline Tungsten Tail Rubbers are nice and soft too, so they allow me to drop the lead when I’ve hooked a fish but withstand the force of the cast with ease.

With this setup and these kinds of rigs, I can be sure I’m sitting behind my rods with confidence, knowing that my rigs are fishing effectively and not in a mess on the lakebed. This is absolutely paramount when fishing this kind of water where fish could be feeding on your bait and every time a fish swims over my baited spot I could potentially be losing the opportunity of a bite.

 Tying Marcus’ favourite Deceptive rig

  • STEP 1: The components needed
  • STEP 2: Take 10-12 inches of Deceptive Soft fluorocarbon and tie a knotless knot, trimming off the tag end
  • STEP 3: Thread on a Baseline Tungsten Line Aligner and fit it over the eye of the hook
  • STEP 4: Thread a Threaded Flexi Bait Oval Ring on to the hook, followed by a Baseline Tungsten Rig Stop positioned just around the bend of the hook
  • STEP 5: Slide on a medium Baseline Tungsten Sinker two inches from the hook to pin the rig down
  • STEP 6: Thread on a Long Baseline Tungsten Anti-Tangle Sleeve, keeping it out of the way
  • STEP 7: Tie a figure-of-eight loop knot, making sure you moisten it, to leave the rig around eight inches long
  • STEP 8: Ensure the knot is tight and strong then trim off the tag end to neaten up the knot
  • STEP 9: Bring the Anti-Tangle Sleeve back up to fit snugly over the knot and that’s it, a well concealed rig ready to go!

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