Rig school: pop-up deadbait rig
The simple leger rig with a buoyant bait that comes into its own on weedy venues. Combine it with a twitch and a watching predator will find it hard to resist...
APOPPED-UP buoyant deadbait can be a particularly effective method of catching pike, especially on weedy venues where it is important to present a bait clear of any obstruction. While it is possible to suspend a bait under a float over weed, or fish a float paternostered bait above weed, often a simple leger rig with a buoyant bait is the easiest system to use. There are several ways of popping-up baits, but this is one of the easiest methods and allows the rig to be easily swapped from a pop-up to a bottom bait. Make sure that the polyball is securely fixed to the trace so that it cannot be lost and potentially swallowed by the pike. How high the bait should be popped-up is open to experimentation. Many anglers simply let the bait rise the length of the trace; around 18in, off the bottom, but by adding a few shot to the trace the bait can be suspended closer to the bottom or just tipped-up with the tail still resting on the deck. By keeping the hooks away from any weed, popped-up deadbaits can also be twitched back towards the angler from time to time. Twitching can often induce a take from a watching pike. Pop-ups have many uses in pike fishing and are a very popular tweak to modern deadbait rigs.
A polyball adds buoyancy to the bait so it will sit above any weed or debris on the lakebed Attach one set of trebles in the tail wrist and the other on the flank A wire trace prevents a hooked pike biting through the rig