At this time of year the first pieces of kit to be loaded into my van before setting off from home will be my floater fishing gear.
Ian 'Chilly' Chillcott
Do you know in the past 20 years angling I have only ever come across one tethered carp and I fish a lot of waters, probably more than most, so that statistic would indicate we are getting it right most of the time. However, there is one statistic that frightens me a lot. On the vast majority of waters I have angled, at some point I will encounter a carp towing tackle.
Like most anglers the majority of my angling takes place within comfortable casting ranges of up to around 100 yards, but on larger venues with open expanses of water there will undoubtedly be occasions when the carp will be located beyond these distances therefore it is important that we are up to speed on how to fish at range…
Whilst I have never been one to do a lot of writing in the carp magazines I do like to read them from time to time and one rig that I seem to see more and more of is the hinged stiff rig. Popularised by the likes of Terry Hearn, this rig seems to now be the presentation of choice for many anglers not only in the UK but also across Europe as well.
It is very hard to better the presentation offered by a solid PVA bag. Due to the fact that the lead and hooklink are placed inside the PVA bag the risk of tangles occurring is completely eliminated, which in itself is a huge edge.