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Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Effective Rigs #1

The theory behind this rig is that with the hair exiting on the bend of the hook (like the original tied-on hair) the weight of the bait 'makes the hook point heavy' and thus more effective at grabbing hold. Try with unbalanced bottom baits over relatively clear lake beds.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Thinking Man's Chod Rig

The below chod rig configuration uses some well thought out components from Thinking Anglers that may be of interest to those using this popular type of rig.

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

The Resistance Running Rig

I've been using running rigs for most of my carp fishing over the last couple of years as I think they offer the carp something different from the norm to deal with and I like their simplicity. Having seen underwater footage of carp using the lead to shake the hook out of their mouths it makes sense to me to have the lead running to try and prevent this from happening.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Article #2 - The Confidence Trick

Ever been on the bank and thought to yourself that it doesn't feel right, you don't think you're going to catch or are paranoid about your rig presentation? I have.

Friday, 17 February 2012

Quick Tip #4

Are you ready for the battle? Keep it clean.

This is the time of year I start to think about getting my gear sorted for the coming season. I like to give my rods a good clean and also check for any damage to the blanks and fittings. Regularly keeping the guides clean will ensure maximum casting range should I need to belt one. If necessary I'll also clean and lubricate my reels (especially the spod reel!) and will re-spool with new line.

I'll look to stock up on any depleted rig bits and bait so I'm prepared for the coming months.

Bring on the Spring!
Chris, Faction Carp Tackle

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Just a Thought...

Winter can be a tough time for carp fishing particularly if you have not been baiting-up in preparation for the colder months. At this time I generally tend to fish short sessions on smaller waters where I can easily move around to locate the fish. If you're going to make the effort and brave the weather then choice of venue is vital if you want a bend in the rod.

On my last trip the going was very slow and by mid-afternoon I had the entire lake to myself. With an hour left before sunset I noticed a fish top in front of some reeds on the far bank about fifty yards to my left. I cast a rod close to where the fish showed itself and decided then to leave it there until the close of play.

Darkness was falling on the day-only venue and I was packing away when the left rod bleeped in to life. I was playing a carp! That small, fin-perfect Common made my day and I'm certain that if I hadn't seen the fish show or fished until closing I would have blanked.

Chris, Faction Carp Tackle