TRY IT NOW: TOP 10 ESSENTIAL SUMMER TACTICS
Make a splash and you’ll catch more carp! A 0.1g-0.3g dibber or cut-down pear or round float is the most popular choice. It’s not very prone to tangles and the thick tip allows larger baits to be presented well off bottom. Choose one with a weighted wire or fibreglass stem, so it cocks when it enters the water. Simple is best – use a small bulk of No10s. For proper carp, have the bulk under the float to achieve a slow fall, while for F1s it’s best to bulk the rig right down on top of the hooklength, otherwise the fish will spit the bait out even before you see the bite. Try using a fairly thick hi-tech mainline to make up your shallow pole rigs. Even though you might only use a 0.12mm (3lb) or 0.14mm (4lb) hooklength, try using a 0.18mm (6lb) or 0.20mm (8lb) mainline. Thick lines reduce tangles and allow the bait to fall more slowly. For pellets and meat, a hair-rig is a must for shallow fishing. With the whole hook exposed, more bites are hit, and the hookhold is cleaner. Use a knotless knot with a small gap down to the bait.