Mas­ter these five rigs and you’ll be cov­ered for any sit­u­a­tion and species you’re likely to face...

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Guide To Pole Fishing -

1 Shal­low rig

A sim­ple rig for fish­ing in the top 3ft of wa­ter. It uses a small dib­ber float, which has a thick top, en­abling you to present baits such as pel­lets and meat with­out sink­ing the bris­tle.

2 Deck rig

Ideal for fish­ing on the bot­tom in open wa­ter, when the depth is over 3ft. Use it for fish­ing pel­lets, meat or corn, pot­ting or throw­ing in bait by hand. It’s a very ver­sa­tile set up, which will cover sev­eral sit­u­a­tions and species.

3 Is­land / mar­gin rig

A shal­low wa­ter rig for carp and F1s in 3ft of wa­ter or less – a depth you’ll usu­ally find across to an is­land fea­ture, or tight to your own bank. Plumb up care­fully and fish an inch overdepth.

4 Roach rig

This is a fine pole rig for small fish such as roach, which is slightly dif­fer­ent to a carp rig. Roach feed in the bot­tom 2ft of wa­ter on canals and rivers, as op­posed to just hard on the bot­tom, so this rig is tai­lored to catch­ing through­out this zone of wa­ter. It uses much finer floats and tackle than a rig for carp.

5 Deep rig

When faced with a deep venue, or a windy day, cre­at­ing lots of tow on the wa­ter, try this set-up to present the bait as still as you can on the deck.

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