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This month panel of experts from Mainline answer your questions on how to perfect your stick-mix, why finding gravel is important when fishing on the bottom, and how to get the most out of the Spinner/ronnie Rig
It seems everybody is catching on the Spinner/ronnie Rig recently. Can the panel please explain the best way to use this rig and what would be the best hookbait to use? Should I be using a pop-up or a wafter? Finally, what loose feed works best? Many thanks,
The Spinner/ronnie rig is very easy to construct using a boom section, followed by the Spinner/ronnie section itself. When I am constructing the rig, I prefer to use the 25lb Korda Boom hooklink around 10 inches long which I crimp at both ends. I leave a 10mm loop at one end with a tail rubber, and crimp the quick change, flexiring swivel quite tight at the other. I then add either a minimum of a size 6 hook, but usually a size 4 curve shank hook, then the short length of shrink tube, micro flexi ring swivel and hook bead just below the barb and it is ready to go, armed with your chosen pop-up.
I tend to fish the rig so that it sinks extremely slowly, so testing it in the margins is a must! With the big hooks like a size 4, I use a 14 or 15mm pop-up, favouring either the white (fluoro) Cell or Milky Toffee which I have had amazing success with. This counteracts the weight of all the metalwork and minimises the need for much putty on the crimp. I prefer to fish this helicopter-style with a heli-safe bead (set to drop the lead) over a clear or weedy bottom, and simply move the bead up the leadcore leader to allow the bait to gently rest on weed if necessary. Otherwise, when fishing over a firm bottom I push the no-trace bead nearer the lead. One of the features I really like about this rig is that the boom never fails to kick away from the lead, which is the perfect anti-tangle scenario. Because this is a low lying popup rig, I tend to fish it over a mixture of chopped boilies and small particles to really get the carp feeding hard on the multitude of small bait items – and it has proved a very successful method for me.
Hope this helps,
I would like some help on where I’m going wrong. I have decided to use a stick-mix this season on a funnel web system. I have bought the mix and corresponding oil to suit it, however, every time I try to make a batch it either ends up too wet, with the appearance of a ready-to-roll base mix, which just stays like a sausage of paste under water once the PVA melts. Either that, or it becomes far too dry and more like a powder. Is there a special method or am I just being plain daft?
First of all, it is by no means a daft question. It is something myself and plenty of other anglers I’m sure, still get wrong from time to time when putting the mix together. It’s a method I personally use mostly during the carp matches I take part in, or at fairly prolific venues when I’m looking for quick bites, or when setting little traps if a water is fishing particularly hard.
Obviously I can only give you my methods and the products I use to make my mix and hope it’s something that helps you going forward. Firstly, I do like a lot of the flavours Mainline do in the dedicated stick-mix bags. Lately, I’ve been matching the flavoured stick-mix to what I’m using on the hook and my free offerings, this isn’t a must, it’s just something I’ve been doing with some success recently.
So with that in mind, at this current time I’m using the Mainline Hybrid groundbait and Hybrid stick-mix liquid. The groundbait itself is packed with lots of high quality, food ingredients and crushed particles. To this I add crushed Hybrid boilies, before finally adding my Hybrid stick-mix liquid to form the mix.
Now the important part – how to make the mix: I’ve got a one pint maggot box that I use,
this will hold enough of the finished article to make a dozen small sticks, once done. This will keep me fishing quickly and effectively when the action’s steady but of course I can always make a smaller batch up if I’m only setting a trap and waiting for a bite over a longer period.
What I’ve managed to master over the years, is the amount of powder and liquid to add. I’ve done this by filling to a line I’ve marked in my bait box. I fill the groundbait to the line and then from doing it regularly, I’ve now got a rough idea on the amount of liquid to add, to get the mix ready.
This is very much a trial and error process to start with, but by adding the liquid little and often and stirring as you go, you’ll soon master it. You’re looking to achieve a mix you can bind but easily crumble. Once you’ve achieved this, for me, then the next most important thing is putting the stick together. You’ll need the Korda Boilie Funnel Web and a firm surface to compact the stick – a bucket lid is perfect. Use the lid to compress the stick ingredients nice and firm – it’s important for the stick to be tight and compact, this will make the bag explode after a short period of time in the water giving you the perfect presentation and hopefully... a carp shortly afterwards.
A reliable pop-up is always needed
This big common fell to a Milky Toffee pop-up on a spinner rig, fished over particles
Make sure you use top quality attractors, like the Hybrid Stick Mix Liquid When it all comes together
Trial and error to start with but you’ll soon get it right