Luke Ayres, email

Angling Times (UK) - - ASK CARP FEED -

Q I’m off to a big lake in Italy soon for two weeks. I need to beef up my rigs as the lakebed is ap­par­ently ‘bru­tal’ – got any A It’s great that you’ve re­searched the lake you’re vis­it­ing, as this will save you a lot of time, which you can spend find­ing good fish­ing spots in­stead.

Let’s start with your main­line. I’d go for a strong, slow-sink­ing braided line, com­bined with 10m of abra­sion-re­sis­tant flu­oro snag leader of 40lb to 60lb. The braid will not sink into snags, but set­tle on top of them, sav­ing you a lot of trou­ble when you try to land the fish.

The busi­ness end of your rig be­low the snag leader also has to be re­ally solid, and a leader made from Con­tour Un­leaded (I’d prob­a­bly go for the 80lb ver­sion) is a great idea. On very snaggy lakes I use the 80lb as a leader and the 40lb as hook­link.

As well as be­ing su­per-strong, Un­leaded fol­lows the con­tours of the lakebed. I’d pair this with a size 4 So­lar Strong­hold 101 hook, and a lead clip set-up.

Small cat­fish can be a real spoiler, so I al­ways wrap my baits in pieces of ny­lon stock­ing to pro­tect them. An­other al­ter­na­tive is to use tiger nuts, which the cat­fish aren’t crazy about. Good luck – I hope you land your dream fish! Ig­nace de Roeck, So­lar Tackle

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