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Jan 2012 by Chas Cook
A disturbing aspect of owning a carp lake is that I find numbers of my carp each year dragging leaders and leads because the tackle used by some anglers does not allow the leads to drop off the clips. The reasons can be;
- leaders cannot pass freely through the tail rubbers to safety clips
- that rubbers are pushed onto clips too tightly
- that the wrong tail rubbers to safety clips are used
- tail rubbers are superglued on
- leads are tied to clips because anglers don’t want to lose their leads
- the use of leaders incorporating tungsten putty.
Any of these causes means that the carp cannot get rid of any of the component parts.
Often simply cutting the tail rubbers to an angle allows leaders to pass freely through them.
Here's the component parts needed to make safe end tackle set-ups;
Clip with tab retained, but cut
Swivel with Q ring
|Normal tail rubber
Cut tail rubber 42o – 45o
|Tail rubber intact
Safety clip intact
|Tail rubber cut
Safety clip cut, but retain tab as shown
|Distance lead Type 1
This normal lead and clip set up is designed to allow a lot of movement between the lead and the clip and also allows the lead to sink into soft silt. This effectively increases the weight of the lead on the take from the fish which can aid good hook holds.
However, when this set up is fished on bottoms of gravel, sand and gravel or thin silt and sand where the lead is not sinking into the bottom material, the weight of the lead is not getting to the point of the hook quick enough because of the excess amount of movement between the lead and the clip
This can lead to the carp are dropping the bait resulting in missed takes.
|Distance lead Type 1
Swivel removed from Type 1
|My preferred Distance lead Type 2|
|Distance lead Type 2
The clip and the lead allow for minimum movement of the clip so that the weight of the lead is getting to the point of the hook quicker, resulting in very few missed takes. Because the lead and clip fit snugly together, it is acting almost like an inline lead.
|Q ring connected to swivel
Swivel threaded on to fluorocarbon leader
Lead and tail rubber easily pass over leader knot
Tail rubber easily slides off tab when tab cut
|Leader threaded through clip and tail rubber
Lead and key ring slides on to clip
|Distance lead Type 2 set up complete
Ring must pass over the stem of the clip and push in behand the tab end
I use a key ring with an internal diameter of 6.4mm
|My normal baited hook length, hair tied KD style
Stiff boom is lead core
Over the course of the season, the carp become aware of this aggressive hook pattern
So I use the baited hook length shown in the next photograph
|Boom section – Suffix Shock Leader material
Braided hook length
Size 6 Mugga hook
Hair tied KD style but flattened to the bend of the hook
A small piece of silicone tubing is inserted over the hair and hook to flatten the hair length to the hook. When the fish mouth the boilie the silicone easily slides up the shank of the hook so that it then reverts back to the aggressive KD pattern. I used this pattern hook length through the whole of the September session when I caught all the big carp
|This is the leader knot used to tie the leader to the main line, be it mono or fluorocarbon and also for tying the stiff boom section to the supple hook length|
|Hook bait with dissolvable foam threaded over hook length ready to fish.
Two pieces of foam cover the supple section of the boom which prevents the rig from tangling. The foam is sprayed with a retardant
Using a single piece of foam, also sprayed with retardant, may bring a quick take when on the drop
|On the take the component parts will pull apart, with the lead retained on the leader|
|All knots bedded in with Vaselene for maximum knot strength
Spray retardant for foam
From my point of view as a lake owner with the welfare of the carp a priority, my Big Carp Euro Rig is a safe alternative for anglers who want to retain their leads on a crack off or carp snagging situation because the component parts will easily pull apart, even when lead core leaders are used, and the leader will freely pass through the clip.