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Carp fishing rigs: How to tie the best running rig using bottom baits and modified inline lead setup

Carp fishing rigs: How to tie the best running rig using bottom baits and modified inline lead setup

Hello, I am Matt Collins, fishery owner of the
Beausoleil carp lake in France, and I’d like to show you in this video how to tie a really
simple yet highly effective carp rig. I’ve been fishing with this rig for 3 years and it has
caught me the biggest carp in lake. It’s good for catfish as well and it is very simple to do. So, as you know, there are loads of carp rigs
out there so what makes this one different? Well, for me, it’s about versatility. This rig will
fish over different bottom types. You can fish with it in silt, on hard patches, light leaf
debris. It’s also very difficult for the fish to deal with and eject. It’s incredibly good for
getting bite indication on very slack lines. You can fish this right against the margins and, no
matter which way the fish swims, left, right or towards you, you will get a run. So, first, let’s have a look at the components
that we are going to use to tie the rig. First, we need 2 20mm bottom baits, these are
my handrolled Blue Oyster baits. Next we have a size 4 Wide Gape in the X
pattern, very strong hook. I’ll tie the rig with 25lb Super Nova, very good
material. We’ll couple the braid to the mainline with a
size 8 swivel. A short length of rig tubing. And a tail rubber. I use a 3.5oz flat pear from Avid, I use Korda
as well. Most importantly, you have to take the insert out. We start off by passing the braid through the
front of the eye of the hook. You form an overhand loop. It’s very important that the
length of that loop is about 1.5 times the diameter of the baits. We trim off the tag end and leave a couple of
millimeters. Then, we’ll hook our baiting needle into the
loop and slide both baits and put a hair stop. You can use any kind of hair stop you like, I
use flat ones. Now, let’s tie the actual rig itself. So, it’s very important the way I set this up.
My nail is perpendicular to the point of the hook. The baits are pulled up behind my
thumb and index fingers, so that fixes the length of the hair each time. Then I whip away
like that, to avoid the join in the eye of the hook. I stop when I get to that point there and
the braid is touching the point of the hook perpendicular to the shank. Next, I’ve swapped hands and we’re going to
put 2 whips behind the hair of the hook. Transfer hands again. Then go once over the
knot to lock the knot in position and then pass the hair back through the eye of the
hook. Keep 11” or 12” of the braid and then pass it
through the back of the hook and then moisten it before tightening it down. Before we go any further, I want to explain
exactly what we’ve done here and why. The reason for tying the loop at 1.5 times the
diameter of the baits, was so that the knot in the hair ends up in the middle of that bait.
That locks these baits together so that that one won’t slide down and start interfering
with the hook when the hook is trying to get you a hookhold. We’ve added 2 turns behind the hair to create
a kicker, so that when this rig is under tension the hook kicks out. The reason for the single overwrap is to help
provide an additional lock on the knot and it stops the knot slipping and rotating. That’s what all these little features do. So, when you pick up the rig by the baits, this
is how it should look. The point of the hook should be hanging roughly flat to the floor.
The position of that hair creates that pivot point. That’s why it’s important to have that
pivot point exiting exactly perpendicular to the point. When we swing it round the other way, we’ll
see that the hook is hanging down exactly vertically therefore whether it goes in the
middle, the left or the right hand side of the mouth of the carp, it’s going to get a hook
hold. It’s not preferring to pick up one way or the other. It’s giving you a good chance of
pricking either way. Now we’re ready to make the connection to
our swivel using the 5 turn grinner. We’re going to pass through once, twice, form a
loop and start whipping round 5 times. We need to wet that. Now, take your rig puller and a leather glove
and tighten the knot strongly. Trim the tag end off, I always leave 5mm. Next, we need to connect our main line. I have
some 15lb GR60 line, some shrink tubing threaded on, and the first thing that goes on
is the 3.5oz inline lead with the insert removed. Then, we’re going to put on the tail rubber. Next, we make the mainline connection knot
to the swivel, again using the 5 turn double grinner. Then the rig puller and glove again. So, you’ll notice that I have not cut the tail of
the mainline. So, push the tail rubber over the swivel, put the anti tangle tube in the tail
rubber as well. Now, we put the lead in place. Take the end of
the mainline and place it inside the insert, push the rubber in, and you see that you have
a loop of line sticking out. To fishing, we’re just going to take a couple of
blobs of putty and apply them along the line. So that’s what we fishing with. Let’s have a look at how the rig does on the
palm test. The hook flips over straight away. This hook
is brand new out of the packet, I would never fish with it like that, I would always sharpen it
up. Because, if I do it again, you’ll see that the hook skids along my hand and you don’t have
a hook hold. So how does this rig work? The carp comes
along, picks up the baits. It’s going to tighten the rig, hit the lead, and the first thing he’s
going to do is try and shake it off. One little shake, and that lead is off. If the fish moves away from you, obviously
you’re going to get a run. If the fish moves to the side of you, you’re going to get a run. If
the fish moves back away from you, you’re going to get a run. So, this lead system is
acting as a super slack semi fixed setup. It’s going from a semi fixed to a running lead, you
can fish very slack lines with this set up and you’ll always get an indication on the bobbin
and the alarm. Let’s look at what this “telltale” tail is doing.
When we get pressure from the carp in this direction, the tail rubber pops out, the tail of
the mainline pops out, and if you wound the rig back in, it would look like that, with the tail
popped out. That’s fine if you’ve got a carp on the end, you’ve just had a take. What happens
if you haven’t got a carp on the end, well, you’ve just been done. Let’s have a look at what happens when you
get a liner. So, the carp comes along and moves the lead. The lead stays on the tail
rubber and you’re going to get a bite indication. When you wind the rig in, you’re
going to see that the tail is still in place. What’s happened is that you’ve just had a
liner, you haven’t had a bite. So, let’s have a look now at how this rig casts.
When it is in flight, the lead is travelling first obviously and the bait is trailing behind. If
you cast this rig straight into the water, the lead is going to plunge in, the baits behind
will very likely spin round and tangle on the tail rubber. When you wind in, you’re going to
be fishing with a mess. So, when you’re casting this rig, you must
stop the lead before it hits the water. That means stopping the lead in flight, 12 inches
above the water. What that’s going to do is the lead will decelerate and stop, the baits will fly
forward and the whole rig will land on the water like that. The lead will then plunge
through the surface, the baits will follow and land in a little pile separately from the lead. So
your presentation looks very good, there’s no tangle. It also enables you to feel what sort of
bottom the lead had landed on, which is very important when you’re targeting a small hard
spot among some silt. Now, when I’m dropping this rig from a bait
boat, I’ll put it in the hopper like that, with a bend in the rig. When the trap opens, the lead
will go first, the baits will follow, then the putty will keep the braid pinned down. The
baits will land next to the rig and that’s absolutely fine. If I want to drop this rig from a rowing boat, I
hold it by the baits, get over the spot, and let it go. The lead drops in, the baits follow and
with a scattering of baits over the top, that’s perfect. Before I fish with this rig, the last thing I do is
sharpen the hook. I’ll just do the finger hang test, I just hang it up, and if go to invert my
finger, the hook drops off. That’s not acceptable. So, in the next video, I’ll show you
how to sharpen your hooks. So, there it is, the Beausoleil carp rig, very
simple to tie and very effective. Good luck with it.

100 comments on “Carp fishing rigs: How to tie the best running rig using bottom baits and modified inline lead setup

  1. Hi mate will give this a try when im next fishing, looks great, just a little confused about the line im using its atleast a 10lb and im wanting catch these double figures, will i need a higher braided line what suits best as i will need buy some carp gear

  2. does this rig work with a smaller lead and fishing in the margins and does it have to be braid? BTW I am looking to catch 5-10lb carp.

  3. Hi i enjoyed the video. I do like the running rig for bite indication
    I've looked for your video you mentioned about hook sharpening i'd like to see how you sharpen your hooks 🙂

  4. just starting to do the big carp fishing great videos I live in turkey so getting the gear is hard work the making your own boiled is great as cannot get them here

  5. why not always use a a running rig so the fish doesn't feel any weight at all. and do you ever use circle hooks? just curious don't mean to come off rude . that's for the good video

  6. Ive been looking for a video like this, I'm totally new to carp fishing, and this is perfect, well explained too…..cheers!!

  7. Ingenious idea of leaving a small amount of line inside the lead as a "tell tale" of a take that hasn't been hit. Brilliant, nice presented video too. Cheers Matt

  8. Matthew I think it's time I came over and have you a visit…. I'm only in Portsmouth and after 3yrs of carp fishing think it's time to enjoy french fishing

  9. Thats a good rig Matthew.Supa nova is my favourite braid by far.Running leads use to catch me alot of carp.but ive always used mono hooklinks as they dont seem to tangle.Have you ever tried this rig in the uk?Or any friends tried it,were did the idea come from?Clever but so simple.nice one

  10. nice rig, nice video! but with slack lines, you're indication will always be bad. No mather what rig u use. I'm not hating on slack line-fishing because I fish my lines slack 50% of the times. But it's just a fact.

  11. Heard about France having a lot of big carp me and a few friends are on about renting a fishery can't wait, definitely going to give this rig a go ….. Thanks

  12. Matthew, I really like how this rig sets up to the point of where I am in trying it.  I am really new to the Euro style of Carp fishing.  I find it all very interesting.  My questions is regarding the loop and wraps you describe when tying the swivel on.  Your fingers are in the way so I can't really see what you are describing as far as forming the loop after you have run the braid through the eye of the swivel twice.  I don't see how you are wrapping that.  Can you describe what you are doing there? I appreciate the great video.  Just need to clarify that portion.  Thanks.

  13. Perfect tutorial. Im new to carp fishing and been using a waggler in the margins, a friend of mine has told me to get an inline hair rig setup and i had no idea what that even was until watching this video! Thanks

  14. good simple rig with maximum effect and minimum components… going to try this at the weekend…. the telltale hair is a brilliant idea…

  15. I've tried so many rigs I lost count.  Then I went back to simply wrapping real food directly on the hook, and my catch rate went up tremendously.  The carp see nothing at all except the food, they feel nothing at all except real food, and they aren't the least bit wary.  I think too many carp fishermen have reached Delete repeated word point where carp have nothing to do with any of the rigs they use.  They're simply overthinking everything, and over complicating everything.  Carp don't care about any of it.  They just want a simply meal of the kind they've eaten every day of their lives.  And where on earth do you buy dull hooks?  The hooks I buy can't get any sharper.  You can hardly pick them up without embedding them in a finger.   I guess I've just realized that if a carp is hungry enough, you can catch it on any kind of rig.  But watch the videos.  Carp see the hooks and the lead, and everything else, and they often swim circles around it, and strike timidly, rather than simply swimming up to food and sucking it in with no worry about what it might be.  Carps simply don't shy away from a hook completely covered with food, and that has nothing else at all for the carp to worry about.  The line is invisible, and there's nothing else at all for the carp to see except a ball of real food that smells like real food.  But a new rig is developed every darned week, and each one is more complicated than the last.    Carp don't care about any of them.  They just want a simple meal.

  16. Hi ,Matt., great video .only one comment if you use 20mm pops as bait you would need one helluv a weight near the hook in order to hold the bait just off the bottom

  17. Awesome video and tutorial we just subscribe to your channel. As always happy fishing and tight lines. Fish On!

  18. The best carp bait I have ever used can be found on Ebay called Carpinator. It stays on the hook better than other baits while it releases its great smell into the water. It has a great smell and doesn't make a mess when putting it on the hook. It is yellow so easy for the carp to see after they follow the smell and I have caught many big carp with this bait in all kinds of water.

  19. Matt, thanks once again for your very helpful videos!
    For the bottom bait rig, what are your thoughts on the ring swivel.
    What is its main purpose, and is it worth it to use them over the normal Swivels?
    Thankyou and have a great day!

  20. That totally makes sense. Thankyou greatly. Ever since I first watched your video on your bottom bait rig using Super Nova, that continues to be my go-to Hooklink. I love that stuff, and see no need to change. Luckily we have a vendor here in the US who sells it. Thanks again Matt!
    Have a great year!

  21. Great video. Love the detail explanation of why this rig works and how to throw it. This is what fishing videoed should be about…Fishing! Can you tell me what your main line is? I am new to carp fishing and assumed I would use braid but it looks like you were using mono. Thanks.

  22. Hi Matt is this rig still effect when using fluorocarbon? as many of the fisheries i fish on request you have a lower breaking strain hooklength than your mainline. As i only have 15lb mainline, using braided hooklength isn't an option?😢👎

  23. Hi Matt-whose tail rubbers are those? The ones I have are all too small disappear up inside the lead. Thanks, Clive

  24. +Matthew Collins Do you use Method feeders ? if so can you tell me how i can make a safe rig using the Method weight please.. Thanks

  25. Hi Matthew great rig. Will be giving this a go in the near future. My question is could you use a bit of silicon on the hook link to act as a boom to help the rig kick away?

  26. Great video, thank-you. Could you use an alternative to braid? Guess it depends what you’re fishing on.
    Maybe you could use a stiff material over gravel, say IQ?
    Would also kick away nicely from the lead.

  27. Hi Matt,

    Firstly thanks for taking the time to create a great tutorial, i also visited the associated webpage too. have just started fishing again after a 20 year haitus. However, the main location that i am fishing at doesn't allow braided hook lengths or barbed hooks. The Lake has double figure carp not exceeding 30lb. Currently have 8lb on the reel, what would you recommend as a replacement for the braided line, would you do anything different from what is on the video with your suggested braid replacement?

  28. Howdy from the US. That's a good looking rig you've got there. I'm working on getting into carp fishing, and I've got a few inquiries regarding gear. What hook brands/sizes would you recommend, as well as what line and swivels would you recommend? Any help would be much appreciated.

  29. Hi Matt – Great video!! I am curious about the putty you are using above the hook and boilies. I live state-side and have never seen this stuff. Where can I find it? I usually use the smallest split shot I can find, but feel they may be a bit heavy for what I need.. Thanks & have a great day.

  30. Good Morning Matt – Thanks for your RE and input. I agree; the Carp are not interested in the hook set-up(to a great extent)… Just the food that's at the end of the line.
    It's still a bit chilly here in the northeastern U.S., and the water temp is still in the low to mid 40's. So I have some time before the Carp get moving. Try to spend some time each day watching you experts on You Tube. I really enjoy the passion all of you have for Carp fishing. I take what I learn and make up hook sets for different types of water bodies and the best way to approach the Carp. Ex.. I didn't know until yesterday, that if you NUKE a boilie, it will float. I've always tied on a small piece of Styrofoam about a foot or so above the hook and bait and let it drift with the current. I see a lot of Carp in packs just swimming along about a foot or so below the surface (like fishing for Tarpon). Lots of fun!!
    I need to start making up some Boilie meal. I've had good luck using ground up cheap, dry cat food mixed with creamed corn, jell-o, some molasses and an egg. There are so many recipes to try – one can go crazy just finding the perfect mixture "if there is such a thing".

    Have a great day and good fishing..

  31. we are expected to pay 4 quid for hooks then sharpen them ourselves, also a sharpened hook will/can rust overnight, not so sharp then lol

  32. Thank you for your effort explaining this technique!…………..Unfortunately only small amount of anglers fish for Carp here in the US.

  33. It's just your interpretation of a ledger rig that's caught fish for 50 years or more. Each to there own as we all have our fav rigs.

  34. Hi Matt
    As I said before great video mate, could you use this rig on the tidal Thames ? It quite hard to fish to be honest. Tight Lines Matt.

  35. all that effort and i bet you my rice bucket and puff still catch more fish and even the biggest in your lake because they have never seen it before.

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