What ex­actly is bal­anced tackle?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

I HEAR a lot about us­ing bal­anced tackle for carp. What does this ac­tu­ally mean?

Ge­orge Hunt, Waltham Cross

‘BAL­ANC­ING’ your tackle means match­ing hooks, main­lines and hook­lengths to each other to en­sure there are no weak links in the chain should you hook a big fish.

As an ex­am­ple, a wag­gler rig made up of 5lb main­line to a 4lb hook­length and a size 16 bar­b­less carp hook will land a 10lb carp with the min­i­mum of fuss, pro­vided you take your time. For mar­gin fish­ing on the pole, 8lb main­line to a 7lb hook­link and a strong size 14 hook matched to a solid No12 or No14 pole elas­tic will man­age big carp.

Mod­ern tackle in­clud­ing hi-tech lines means you can fish sur­pris­ingly fine on com­mer­cial fish­eries, even though the carp in many are get­ting big­gers. F1s es­pe­cially can be very finicky and some top an­glers will scale right down to 0.1mm hook­lengths and size 18 hooks with mag­gots to catch them.

Al­ways match hook to hook­length.

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