HOW DO I GO ‘WEEDLESS’?

PAUL’S 10-MINUTE MAKE

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

SNAG­GING up can be a real prob­lem when lure fish­ing for perch, as of­ten the fish can be found tight to the bot­tom, es­pe­cially when the wa­ter is cold. For­tu­nately, there is a sim­ple way of avoid­ing this that will elim­i­nate snag­ging and tackle losses.

Although weedless rig­ging looks like a recipe for miss­ing bites and bump­ing fish, it ac­tu­ally makes no dif­fer­ence to the num­ber of fish you land.

You will need to buy some wide-gape hooks to rig your lures weedless. Th­ese need to be big­ger than nor­mal, as the hook has to be wide enough to go right through the bait. A 1/0 is right for most perch-sized lures of 2ins-3ins.

If your lure doesn’t have a belly slot, care­fully cut one us­ing a craft knife.

Hook the bait like this, so the cranked eye is hold­ing the bait in place and the point lies flat with the back of the lure.

When a perch bites down on the lure the hook is pushed through the bait, ex­pos­ing the hook­point.

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