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Feb 2014 by Chas Cook
Rig 1 - Withy Pool Rig
Throughout 2013 various anglers fished with the Withy Pool rig, using a variety of hook patterns (although not the long shank nailer), but even though it is a popular rig fished with a pop-up, the anglers had limited success.
All this changed when Kevin arrived for the first of his two holidays at Vaux last year. His catch rates at our lake are always very good, with high numbers of carp landed, but this time he fished the Withy Pool rig whipped to a very stiff boom and, the other big difference to Kevin’s rig, his hook pattern was a long shank nailer.
So whilst his catch rate remained high, with this rig he was singling out the larger fish in the lake. At slack times, Kevin’s Withy Pool rig would pick up the larger carp because of their irregular feeding patterns, where the smaller fish had gone off feeding.
Kevin had the misfortune of losing a fish during his second, late season week which meant that his Withy Pool rig was still attached to it. Luckily whilst I was fishing in the early winter, I caught a 36lb+ carp - which still had Kevin’s Withy Pool rig attached. I fished over the winter at irregular times using Kevin’s Withy Pool rig, but I made a difference to it by sharpening his hook to an arrow point and went on to catch a limited number of fish on his altered rig.
I then retied the rig with a new hook which I had also sharpened to an arrow point and went on to catch commons of 36lb, 41lb, 46lb and 42lb and mirrors of 48lb, 46lb, 42lb, 43lb, 39lb, 38lb and 38lb8oz amongst a much larger number of carp overall, but these were the largest.
Kevin’s Rig incorporating a long shank nailer whipped to fluorocarbon stiff boom, hook is arrow
Rig 2 - Long Shank Nailer KD Rig
The KD rig, incorporating a fluorocarbon stiff boom and a 360o long shank nailer hook, is the other alternative pop-up rig which is doing exceptionally well on the lake.
The hair is whipped blow-back style, the hook is attached to a swivel which is attached to a stiff boom via a Fox Q ring attached to the boom, the boom has attached to it an oval ring whipped.
This can be fished either via a bottom bait or a pop-up. Without doubt the bigger fish this season came to the stiff boomed rigs combined with using heavier leads, drop style, the best catchers on the lake in 2013
Long shank 360o rig attached to a fluorocarbon stiff boom