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Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Imitation Maggots as Hair Stops

Run out of boilie stops? Need an edge?

Try tipping your favoured hook bait with one or more imitation maggots used as a hair stop. They are available in both buoyant and sinking versions in various colours from the standard red, white and bronze to bright fluoros. Use them on the bottom, use them on zigs and pop-ups, boost them with your favourite flavours/attractors.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Try the following tips to prevent baits from separating/sliding apart on the hair:

Baits have separated on hair giving unsatisfactory presentation.

TIP #1 - Tie a larger hair loop so that the knot sits inside the lower bait.

Tie a larger hair loop (bottom).

Sorted! Lower bait is now held in place by knot from larger hair loop.

TIP #2 - Simply tie 1 or more overhand knots in the hair to hold your baits in place. (Note that tying knots in the hair will shorten it – also useful if you want to use a smaller or chopped-down bait and the hair is too long).

Tie a knot in the hair.

Gardner Covert Wide Gape Talon Tip Hook (size 8 Barbless)
Gardner Trickster Heavy (25lb Camo Green)
Gardner Covert Hook Aligner (Small, C-Thru Green)

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Just a Thought...


I can't say from my own experience that I'm convinced that fining down your tackle in the winter months will mean you'll receive more carp bites. What I do know is that whether you are going to scale down your tackle or not, you need to find the fish in order to catch one and so I attach more importance to putting the right bait in the right place than to anything else at this time of year.

Carp move and feed less in cold water temperatures so locating them is vital to winter success and hence, observation and being willing to move around are key. Those who re-cast regularly, on a potential sighting or adopt a roaming approach to find fish can often reap the rewards.

It's a misconception that fish will hold in the deepest water in cold weather, the carp will be in the most comfortable layer within the water column and I'll often have one rod on a zig rig to try and discover where that is. I've even witnessed fish sniffing at floaters on a sunny winter's day!

Don't discount the margins. Lightly baiting a few margin spots may give away a fish either first-hand or from disturbed vegetation. For me, anything I can do to help locate fish at any time of year is worth the effort.

If I'm happy with my location and still can't get a bite only then will I consider changing rigs or fining down my tackle.

Chris, Faction Carp Tackle