THE EX­PERT’S VIEW KEVIN HOR­TON

Angling Times (UK) - - CARP NEWS -

I’M cur­rently us­ing the much-pub­li­cised multi rig rather my usual hinge rig due to the fact you can keep your bait tight to the lakebed and also change your hook speed­ily.

How­ever, I’m a big fan of large hooks and I’ve no­ticed that oc­ca­sion­ally when us­ing my favoured Bait-Tech 18mm Fluro pop-ups, or in­deed any larger hook­baits, the loop can sometimes move when hit­ting the clip hard on the cast.

For in­stance, on a re­cent ses­sion I was hav­ing to cast hard to the far bank to­wards some over­hang­ing trees and try­ing to force the rig un­der the branches, where the carp were tak­ing refug.

Due to us­ing a big hook and a large bait, the blow­back loop was slip­ping, so I de­cided to add a small length (5mm-6mm) of sil­i­cone tub­ing to the eye of the hook. Once it was steamed down I could re­ally hit the clip hard and the loop never moved.

I also no­ticed that once steamed, the tub­ing would hold its shape and wouldn’t need chang­ing when I came to change my hook – I could sim­ply slip the old hook off and pop a new one into the formed shape left from steam­ing.

I’m not a big fan of too ag­gres­sive an an­gle, and us­ing a choddy-style hook in com­bi­na­tion with the sil­i­cone tub­ing re­ally pro­vided my de­sired set-up for the per­fect hookhold.

WEIGHT A Fox Kwik Change Pop-up Weight sits just be­low the knot and bal­ances Kevin’s buoy­ant hook­bait. FLURO POP-UP The bright 18mm hook­bait is able to slide freely on the blow­back loop. SIL­I­CONE TUB­ING To stop the blow­back loop slip­ping, a 5mm-6mm piece of sil­i­cone tub­ing is added to the eye of the choddy hook.

Kevin favours 18mm Bait-Tech Fluro pop-ups fished with a large hook.

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