WHICH RIG SHOULD I USE?
EVEN though you’re fishing deep, I’ve found light rigs are best for this tactic. By fishing a light rig I can fish through the water’s layers and not just at 6ft, which can be a huge benefit when fishing for big skimmers in particular. These fish they have a habit of taking the bait on the drop so a nice slow-falling hookbait will help fool them.
Carp hand tend to feed very differently and often suck the hookbait in when it’s static and suspended straight under the float, so don’t worry if you haven’t had a bite by the time your rig has settled.
I actually like to set up at least two rigs so that I can search the depths of the peg properly.
For instance, if I plumb up and find the peg is 9ft deep then I will set rigs up at 7ft and 5ft to allow me to work the swim.
On top of that I will also set a rig for fishing on the bottom, just in case I opt to start on the deck as is often the case.