Rigs - The Gigantica carp have seen it all over the years. They are under angling pressure for most of the year, so a well-constructed and efficient rig will certainly get you more bites.
Bottom Baits - A straight-forward coated braid combi-rig takes some beating. The Dark Matter coated braid in 25lb is perfect for this situation in combination with a beaked point barbless hook in Size 2 or 4 . Allow plenty of separation between the hook and the hookbait when tying up the hair.
Wafters - Undoubtedly the most used presentation on the lake; the IQ D-Rig keeps on producing fish after fish. The beauty of the rig is that it will always keep fishing, even if it has been picked up and dropped, as the stiff material always resets the hookbait. We recommend IQ2 in 20lb to a Size 2 or 4 barbless curve shank hook. Lengthening or shortening the hooklink can make a difference with this presentation, especially if the bottom is slightly soft. We have ready-tied versions available in the shop.
Pop-ups - The go-to presentation since it became popular has been the Spinner/Ronnie Rig. At least 90% of visiting anglers use this rig, and it continues to deliver fish after fish. We recommend a stiff or semi-stiff boom as it helps reduce tangles, and always resets itself. A barbless Krank hook in Size 4 has proven particularly effective on this rig. The other presentation which does get used is the Hinged Stiff Rig, which has got a good track record of selecting the better fish.
Zig Rig - We now allow only one rod to be fished on a zig as there was so little bait going in at a critical time of year, and unfortunately we have lost some big fish fish with zigs impaled in their pectoral fins. If you do fish one rod on zigs please use barbless hooks (the size 6 Mixa B is recommended), a minimum of 11lb line for the hooklink and fish to dump the lead on every bite, as this dramatically increases the hooked to landing ratio.
Black foam still gets the majority of the bites, sometimes topped with a flash of red or yellow. Try adding Goo or a glug to the foam which can get extra bites. You MUST dump the lead with zigs to give you a good chance of landing anything hooked.
The message from us on rigs is to use components and rigs which you have total confidence in, and that have done you plenty of fish. The bailiff’s are happy to advise and help out if needed.