All about inline leads
What inline leads lack in terms of popularity they more than make up for in hooking properties. You need them in your armoury
WALK around any carp lake and the majority of anglers will be using lead clips or helicopter set-ups. Very rarely will you stumble upon someone using an inline lead. Despite not being the most fashionable of leads, they are without doubt the most effective at hooking fish. Because the line passes through the centre of the lead and there is no swivel attachment, a carp will come into contact with the full weight of the lead soon after picking up the hookbait. These leads work best with short supple braid hooklinks and are ideal when fished inside solid PVA bags. The only downside of inline leads is their noseheavy design. When you cast out, the hooklink swivel will be the first thing to hit the lakebed. If you were using a stiff hooklink material and the lead landed on soft lakebed, the lead can plug in and leave the hooklink sticking up at an awkward angle. Leading around to locate a firm area to fish over prevents this problem.