TIP 3 –
SET UP TWO RIGS
A BOTTOM rig should always be heavier than an up-in-the-water rig. You want to get your bait down quickly to where the fish are feeding, so in a typical 6ft deep swim I’ll go for a 0.6g or 0.75g pear-shaped pattern. On a float this size an olivette is best as a bulk weight, and below this I space three No9 or No10 dropper shot at equal intervals.
My up-in-the-water rig is lighter, at around 0.2g or 0.3g, with the shot strung out over an area of a few feet. With this I’m looking to pick up bites as the bait falls through the top half of the water column. Sometimes you’ll catch the better roach near the surface, as they bully others out of the way to get to the bait. At other times it might only be tiny fish off bottom, and you’ll need to lower your deck rig down through them.
Pear-shaped body patterns are a good choice for typical swims.