THE EXPERT’S VIEW KEVIN HORTON
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.