Beat blanks with a mag aligner
This classic presentation accounts for hundreds of carp every year when the temperature starts to drop. Here’s how to tie it...
MAGGOTS are one of those baits that can change a blank session into a fruitful one once winter sets in. Presenting them can be a bit fiddly, but the mag-aligner has proved itself time and time again as a simple and effective carp catcher. In fact, it is the ‘go to’ winter rig for many of the country’s top carp anglers. The rig incorporates a fake maggot pushed over the eye of the hook to create a line-aligner as opposed to using a section of shrink tubing. Not only does the maggot help with the rig mechanics, it camouflages the hook. It works best when fished with a large PVA mesh bag filled with maggots. This can either be fished on its own or over a bed of spodded maggots depending on how hard you think the fish are feeding. Be careful not to squash or pierce any of the maggots in the PVA bag when you are attaching it to the hook otherwise your bag will begin to melt before you have cast out. Experiment with maggot colour – on some waters red works best whereas white can be more effective on others.
For safety reasons, always ensure the top bead can pass over any knot at the top of the leader in the event of a crack-off Match the lead to the distance you are fishing at. A 2oz-3oz pear or square pear lead will suffice in most situations A rubber rig sleeve kicks the hooklink away from the lead and keeps the presentation tangle-free