Angling Times (UK) - - TACTICS -

Alot of the time when an­glers suf­fer a run of blanks, it’s is not the hook ar­range­ment or bad pre­sen­ta­tion that’s at fault’, it’s the bait be­ing used and the way it’s be­ing ap­plied. This prob­a­bly has the most sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on the way our rigs ul­ti­mately work, as this can de­fine how the carp feed. A group of fish feed­ing in a con­fi­dent, tails-up, en­thu­si­as­tic man­ner re­quire far less mys­tic trick­ery to catch than a sin­gle fish feed­ing cau­tiously on a spot over a sprin­kling of bait. Find­ing some fish in a safe place where you can covertly watch their re­ac­tion to your bait is time well-spent and the in­for­ma­tion gleaned will help you de­cide whether you need to con­sider pre­sen­ta­tion as an is­sue.

An­other con­sid­er­a­tion is the buoy­ancy of hook­baits used with pop-up rigs. If you con­sider the me­chan­ics of set-ups like the chod, hinged stiff and Ron­nie rigs, which all rely on the rig be­ing able to twist freely to of­fer op­ti­mum me­chan­i­cal ef­fi­ciency, it’s not hard to see why a poor pop-up that al­lows the rig to lean over can po­ten­tially un­der­mine the rig’s per­for­mance. Think of it like turn­ing a bi­cy­cle wheel if the axle is hor­ri­bly out of align­ment – it won’t turn freely – and it’s a sim­i­lar con­cept when look­ing at the ro­ta­tion of pop-up rigs with stiff hook sec­tions. If the pop-up doesn’t do what it should, then the rig will be com­pro­mised, and so will the hookhold.

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