Hints and Tips
Blow back rigs essentially utilise a hair that’s held loosely in position with a shank mounted rig ring. Obviously, this arrangement has been used extremely successfully for many years now. There is little doubt that the use of the hair/rig ring combination genuinely enhances the way in which the hook is free to twist aggressively [...]
There's rigs and there are RIGS... Some stand the test of time and work year after year, others are more transient in nature, with tangible benefits being a figment of a twisted mind, but not offering any genuine advantage in terms of catching carp! This one however is very special, and it's a rig that’s [...]
On the whole, my angling has always been epitomised by a slow Darwinian like progression of understanding – from rigs and baits to a very basic conceptual understanding of what (sometimes) works and why. The fact of the matter is that there have few leaps in that slow development but one that stands [...]
Long hook lengths. For as long as I can remember this has been one of my favourite means of catching carp. Now I'm not talking about zig fishing, I'm talking about actual long hook lengths for bottom bait rigs and pop up presentations. Rigs that are simply much longer than what is considered [...]
If you’re a river predator angler, then the last few months have been pretty awful! With nothing but dirty brown floodwater filling our running waters for what has seemed like an eternity, with opportunities to do some pike fishing having been limited to say the very least. We have floods every year but I [...]
Solid PVA bags can be a devastating method to use in carp fishing. They can be used anywhere but they are especially good in weedy lakes as the weight of the bag will flatten any weed it lands on and as the bag melts it leaves a small pile of bait with the hook bait sat enticingly in the middle of it.
For as long as I can remember my barbel fishing has been focused around location. Finding where the fish like to be at different times throughout the season and once located keeping my methods minimalistic and simple. The less components that are used to make a rig, the less there is to go wrong. [...]
Short sessions to some anglers may be something like 30 odd hours on the bank. That sort of time for me these days would be heavenly! At present I manage a very quick night three times a month, literally heading for the lake at 8pm and finding my way home by 10:30am the following [...]
If you are looking at carp-fishing a river for the first time, the very first thing you need to understand is location is EVERYTHING. Unlike your lake, which you will be more accustomed to fishing, the fish you’re targeting could, in reality, could be literally miles away from you at any given point. If [...]
BOOM SECTION Boom 1 . For the neatest possible loops Gardner recommends anglers learn how to tie the ‘Non Slip Loop Knot’ (or use a fig. 8 Loop Knot). Boom 2. Start with a simple Overhand Knot, thread on a Covert Mini Rig Swivel and pass the tag back through the [...]
Step 1. The Clone can be tied with all sorts of monofilamants, but our current favourite is our excellent Trick-Link material - made for the job... Step 2. There are two patterns of hooks in the Gardner range suited to use in the Clone rig - the Covert Incizor or the Chod [...]
Overnighters to a lot of anglers, may seem like a lot of hard work - having to set up and pack down again in the morning to go to work, but if you put the effort in you certainly can be rewarded. Now I know as anglers when we get the fishing bug, we [...]
The combination of a sharp hook and soft supple braided hooklink has accounted for thousands upon thousands of carp captures and will continue to do so where ever it is used.