A few weeks ago I was up at GT-HQ and I had a nice catch up with the UK Sales Manager Martin and Carl (international box manager), and after a bit of general chit chat we got onto the subject of rigs. With extra sharp hooks and how refined things have become and Martin went on to explain how he thought years ago you’d get a carp refuse or eject a far more basic or old-skool crude rig, but once the rig was accepted and inhaled properly and it tightened, they were nailed. Whereas, the refined mechanics and super-efficient rigs of today are converting more bites, but not necessarily always hooking them in the sweet spot, occasionally catching them on the fringes of the lip whereby the older generation rig would have been ejected. This naturally led me to think about things in detail. What Martin said made perfect sense to me, no wonder they call him ‘Smarts’!
I needed to come up with a plan to help remedy my issue with the abundant bites off the Tench and Bream I was catching. Now I do not dislike Tench or big Bream per say, but they are not the intended species, so this train of thought took me right back to the drawing board regarding approach, rigs and bait.
I was not going to come away from using my boilie of choice, ABS Custom Nut, because I have the upmost confidence in it. Instead, I decided to compliment the boilie by including some Tiger nuts too. In fact, I took a bit of advice and pointers off some of the guys from the Gardner Team, which has come in very handy. What I decided on was a mixture of whole and chopped boilies, mixed with whole and chopped tiger nut. I elevate the attractors with liquids prior to going fishing, making the whole thing a bit more ‘supercharged’.