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Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass 5: Ronnie Rig/Spinner Rig | Tom Dove | Free DVD 2018

Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass 5: Ronnie Rig/Spinner Rig | Tom Dove | Free DVD 2018


Where did the spinner rig come from? Well, it comes from the 360 rig. Can’t be right. There was only one small change,
but it made all the difference. Yes! What a result! How do I prepare myself for a session? Well, to be honest, I’m known to be
quite unorganised in my fishing and that’s down to a few things. Mainly because I sort of go
on the drop of a hat nowadays. I haven’t got that much time
to actually go fishing and I’m not sure what times I can go. So when I think the weather’s good
or the lake’s fishing well or I’ve got a couple of nights, I’ll get the gear together as quick as I
possibly can and shoot down the lake. The only thing
I actually have to prep is my bait. So it depends whether I’m using tiger
nuts, whether I’m using maggots or whether I’ve got to get some boilies
out the freezer, but apart from that my kit’s ready to go
and I just go as soon as I can. Right, we’re here at my current
syndicate lake, Golden Gates in Essex. I’ve been fishing here
for about six months now. I’ve had a fantastic summer’s fishing on
here so it seemed like the right place to come down and show you guys
how I fish the spinner rig. There’s probably 300, 350 fish in here,
a good head of 30-pounders and one fish in particular I would
adore to catch, a fish called ‘Dozer, it’s a common carp of over 45lb. So, key in hand, let’s get it on for it. Being a successful angler is all about making the right decisions
at the right time. And the first decision you’ll make
when you get to the lake is what swim are you going to fish in. And now it’s repeated
over and over again that location
is the most important part because if you’re not on the fish,
you can’t catch them. So as soon as you get here, have a walk
around and try and find the fish before you decide
on what swim you’re going to fish. What am I looking for? Well, signs of fish. So either fish
just blatantly jumping out of the water and telling you where they are or something more discreet like fizzing
or some clouding up of water where they’re tearing up the bottom. And if you can’t
actually find signs of fish, what you want to try and do
is just notice a pattern in where the fish were last time
when the weather was the same as this. And the last time I was here, the weather was absolutely
a screaming south-westerly which is exactly what we’ve got today and the fish were in this swim
and I caught them. So I’ll give it five or ten minutes
in here, have a little look out and see if I can see any signs. I’ve chucked my bag down,
then I’ll go and get my gear. I’ve decided to start the session
fishing in a different swim than I first thought, but that’s where they were showing,
so that’s exactly where I started. It’s next to an out of bounds area,
so fish are often about. Here the rope acts as a feature
so I’ll be fishing up to that in hope of stopping fish in their tracks
going in and out of that zone. I get asked a lot on social media about
what rig would I use in what situation. I’m fishing a weedy lake,
what should I use here? I’m fishing a clay lake,
what do you use here? But to be honest all I do is fish pretty
much the same rig everywhere I go and I just suit it to the situation. So what I mean by that is how far
I push the bead up the leadcore and that is literally all I change. If I’m fishing a clay bottom, I’ll push
the bead right down to the lead so there isn’t much movement, but if I’m fishing
over something slightly softer where I think there might be some weed, I simply just push the bead
up the leadcore and that is it. I think everyone thinks
about the rigs too much. We’ve got something really, really good
here with a spinner rig. Don’t play around with it too much,
don’t think about it too much, just cast it out and catch a fish. For lakes with a leader ban
I prefer to use a lead clip set-up with Dark Matter tubing as I think
this is less likely to tangle. Hook baits are a very important subject and I tend to use something very
different in the summer and the autumn than I do in the spring and the winter. In the spring I tend to use a very small
hook bait, maybe 13mm, something extremely high attract
in both colour and taste and smell. I tend to use 13mm which goes
perfectly with a size 4 hook. You could use a 14, 15, 16mm
with a size 2 and maybe a 10mm with a size 6. If you haven’t got the buoyancy there you can always
just drill into it a little bit, put a little bit of cork
so it holds the hook up perfectly. In the summer I try and use something
less high attract, something more match the hatch. So if I know
the fish are eating a lot of boilies or they’re eating a lot of tiger nuts, I’m happy just to get one of them
out of the bag or the bucket, drill it two thirds of the way through,
put a little bit of cork in it to give it some buoyancy as that rig does need a little bit
of buoyancy in the hook bait and then put that on. So literally the only thing that changes
is the hook bait. The rig stays exactly the same
all the way through. If you prefer to fish a wafter on a D,
as does Dan, we now do a D-Rig Kicker, which means you can change
the hook bait extremely quickly and you can fish this rig
in a similar vein to the IQ D-Rig that Dan has used so well in the past. With the light fading I quickly got
the rig sorted and ready for the night. Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight! The night was completely dead,
so I went for a look around the lake and quickly decided on a move back to where I caught well from
on a recent trip. Let’s be honest,
moving seems like aggro, but it’s often the key to success. Having previously fished this swim
with great success, I thought this was the next best option as the fish had clearly moved on
from where I had first found them. This swim has both marginal areas
and a very good open water spot, giving me the very best of both worlds. Now there seems to be a little bit
of confusion or misunderstanding on who actually came up with this rig. Now I’ll tell you before I start
that I actually don’t know myself because I know a few people
at the same time were using it. Now a lot of people call this rig
the Ronnie Rig, which obviously means a guy called
Ronnie was fishing with it a long time ago. Now I think that guy
is a guy that fished Elstow and obviously
he was very successful with it and a lot of people
heard about that rig through him. Now I know a guy
called Johnnie Barnes, JB. I’m sure a lot of you will do as well. And he was using a very,
very similar style of rig probably three years
before I even started using it, so maybe six or seven years ago now. But he was whipping the hook
to the top of the swivel and then putting the shrink tube
over the top, which is exactly the same
as what we’re using now. It’s just that you can’t
quickly change it. And then I started using the 360,
experimenting with it, and then I saw
what Johnnie Barnes was doing and decided to do something
very similar myself. So who came up with it, not really sure but does it really matter?
I don’t think so. This is the arrangement of the setup
that I’ve decided on on this trip. I’ll start from the lead end. So you’ll notice I’ve got about 12
or 14” of Dark Matter tubing there. That’s just to stop any tangles and to protect the fish’s flank
when you’re playing it. Then you’ve got a standard lead clip
there with a 3oz lead on, but what I’ve done is,
I’ve pushed the swivel eye down, crimped it down a little bit
so it doesn’t clip into the lead clip quite as well, which in effect
makes it a running rig. And not many people
use them these days and I think that’s probably one of
the reasons that it is so effective. And you’ll notice as well that the boom
section here isn’t actually soft, which is what I’d normally fish with
on a lead clip setup, but because I know I’m fishing
on a very hard gravel bottom, I’ve managed to get away
with a stiffer boom which I think is actually better
because it will kick away always and it will be out there
fishing for you, so when you know you can get away
with it, try fishing a stiffer boom. Then on the end here you’ve got a size 4
Krank on a standard spinner setup, a small swivel on the shank and
a 15 probably 15 or 16mm hook bait drilled out of a little bit of cork
in the end just to give it some buoyancy. And that’s my preferred setup
at this time of the year, nothing too complicated and a standard
out of the bag bottom bait. I’m using a prototype boilie from
Mainline Baits called The Link. It’s been hugely successful across some
of the hardest waters in the country, and I’m lucky enough to get to use it before its general release
in spring, 2018. It’s September, it’s boilie month so that’s exactly what I’m using
on this session, but to be perfectly honest
I’ve used this rig with pretty much
every bait there is out there. I’ve used it with particle in the
summer, I’ve even used it with maggots. I’ve used it with a bit of corn and
I’ve used it with boilies as I am here. So I wouldn’t go worrying that your
baiting situation doesn’t suit this rig because you really can
use it with everything. It’s got all aspects that you need
for a rig in any situation and that means it kicks out,
it spins around and it catches hold no matter what,
so I really wouldn’t worry about it. I think a lot of people would tend to
shorten their hook link down a little bit when they’re fishing over a hard bottom
and fishing with particle, but I’ve tried that before. When we were in Croatia I cut
the hook link down from 7” to about 3” just to try
and see if I got any quicker bites. I got the same amount of bites
but I lost two fish on the bounce. So I went back to the 7”
and caught them, didn’t lose anything and it was perfect from then on. So don’t worry about it
and you can use it with any bait. The fish aren’t particularly
playing ball at the moment. We started off the session down
the complete opposite end of the lake where fish were showing
in the beginning and pretty much as soon as I cast out
them fish moved and it wasn’t long before I realised
that they weren’t there any more. So not being one to wait around
I’ve decided on a move myself. So I’ve come into a swim called The Cut, which is probably
two-thirds of the way up the lake. I’ve caught from this swim before
when the weather’s exactly like this. So I moved in here in hope really
that the fish would be here. Again it’s not been long
and we’ve realised they’re not here. I haven’t received any liners,
I haven’t seen any shows of fish and it just feels a little bit dead. And with it being September, really if you’re on the fish
you should be catching. So I’m going to have
another move again. With the cameraman here
I’ve been lucky enough to be able to have a little mooch around
this afternoon. I’ve gone into a couple of swims up
and I’ve seen a fish jump out right on an area where
I know they are in the autumn. So what I’m going to do is I’m going to
up sticks and get on that fish now, so hopefully we’ll get a fish
on the bank and show you this rig. It’s so important to keep your eyes open and not to remain static
at this time of the year. The carp are often moving around and looking to feed up
before the cold weather sets in, so don’t be afraid to move on instinct. You have nothing to lose
and it’s often worth the hassle. Well, we got to the right swim
in the end. The fish are out here,
we heard one earlier on in the dark. I’m not sure what time it is, but there
is a massive full moon out tonight and legend has it that big commons
get caught when the full moon’s out, so we’re in the right swim,
we’ve got the right rigs on, so why not let it happen? Really strange – normally I get liners
at this lake before I get a bite, but I’ve been sitting here all evening,
not a bleep and it just decides to ramp off. A nice little surprise, that. It’s been tough going
so far this session, but like we said,
the location is the key point and after the location
you can start thinking about all the other important things
like the rigs and the bait. But getting in the right swim
is just so important. I hadn’t done it before now. Okay… Get in. Yes! Full moon carp in the net. I’m a happy man. Do you know what, I was starting
to think we wouldn’t catch one, starting to worry. That is quite a big fish. It can’t be right. 35.4. – Is that The Elusive?
– That is Elusive. Well, this is a fish called The Elusive. It was caught not so long ago at 33lb
something and now it’s 35lb. It’s actually the second biggest…
Is it the second biggest mirror in here? Second biggest mirror,
I would say now, mate, yeah. What an absolute touch that is. I didn’t expect
that after a little bit of a grueller, to have caught
one of the real big ‘uns in here. Look at that. I think
we got the location right in the end and this really does just prove that
if you don’t feel right in the swim, you don’t think
the fish are there, then move, because it really does
make a difference. This fish is called The Elusive. It’s
one of the bigger mirrors in the lake. Just over,
I think it was a smidgeon over 35lb and I’m over the moon
because this is one of the A team and one of the ones you join for. So I’m a very, very happy man and what a wicked way
to go into the night, It’s a massive full moon out tonight
and it just feels right for it. It really does. Carpy, is what they say, I think. I’m absolutely buzzing.
Let’s get you back, this old creature. Catching one of the A team
is such a buzz and having some friends there to share
the moment is what it’s all about. Yes! What a result! Just after putting the mirror back
I caught this tiny little common, again proving that putting the right rig
in the right place is all you need
for a brilliant night’s fishing. The essence of this rig
and the reason why I think it’s so good is because that hook
is connected directly to the swivel. Now that means a few things. Firstly, it means as soon as it
goes into the fish’s mouth it’s spinning and trying to catch hold. Secondly, it means that you can change
the hook without having to tie a new rig and that is really,
really handy in my eyes. And thirdly, it means
that you can fish a small pop-up really close to the bottom
with a big hook. And again, when that goes
into the fish’s mouth it’s dangerous because it’s almost all hook. What hooks can you use with this rig? Well, I’ve almost exclusively used it
with a size 4 Krank. That is because I have
extreme confidence in that hook. Now I know that Dan’s used them I think
with size 4 Kurvs and Wide Gapes and you’ll notice a bit of a trend there that we use quite big hooks
with this rig, but a lot of people will probably
tell you to use a size 6 or a 4 with an 18mm bait, and down from there, whereas I would almost say use a size 4
hook or a 2 hook, with a 10 or 12mm bait if it’s buoyant enough
to pick up the hook. You could also use a long shank
on this as well. Anything with an in-turned eye, really. If you’ve got an out-turned eye
like you have on a Choddy, I would suggest not to use it because it doesn’t fit onto the swivel
very well, it doesn’t sit right and when it goes into the fish’s mouth the hook point won’t be
in the right position to catch hold. Now for you European boys, you could also use it
with the X versions of the hook and I’d go all the way up to a size 2,
maybe with a 14 or a 16mm pop-up. So it really is
as versatile as you like. As far as the lead arrangement goes
for this setup, I would always prefer to use it
on a helicopter setup with leadcore and a stiff boom. Now this means
that as long as I’ve pushed that bead far enough up the leadcore, one, I’m not going to get any tangles
because it’s a stiff boom, and two, when it lands on the bottom it’s going to be sitting above
any debris on the bottom and it’s going to sit there proud,
ready for a take. Of course you can just fish this naked
on the line without the leadcore, but I’m so worried about tangles that I just prefer to fish it
with some leadcore or tubing. So instead of that,
if I’m not allowed to use leadcore, which there are lots of bans
on certain lakes, I would just tend to go back
to a lead clip setup. You can fish this on a hybrid lead clip, or you can fish it running
as I am here today. I tend to fish it running more so
these days because less people do it and it’s a bit of a change. If I am fishing them
with a lead clip setup, I’ll make sure that I have a soft boom,
something like 15lb N-Trap and maybe 8-10” long. This means that if the lead
does plummet into the bottom, or if there’s any debris there,
it will just curl over and sit on top of anything
and be presented ready for a bite. Where would you
not use the spinner rig? Well, this list is far shorter
than where you can use it as it is so versatile. I would say
because there’s lots of components and you’ve got some small
Quick Change Swivels on there, I wouldn’t use it
in extreme snag situations or somewhere where you’re using braid
and it’s hit and hold. It is very strong
but in those situations you want something that is definitely
not going to let you down. So I would tend to use it
pretty much anywhere else but there. To tie the spinner rig,
firstly grab a medium Kicker and cut 2 or 3mm off of the end of
the parallel part, not the tapered part. Then grab your hook,
in this instance a size 4 Krank, thread the flat part
onto the hook first, which is eventually
going to go over the swivel. Then put your Mini Rig Swivel onto
the hook and follow that with a bead, flat end first. The bead you need to push around
almost in line with the barb and then the next thing to do
is to hook the swivel onto the hook. You can either use a Quick Change
Swivel or a Spinner Rig Swivel. All that’s left now to do at this part
is to slide the kicker over the swivel. Because you’ve cut a little bit off there should be half of the kicker
on the swivel and half the kicker on the hook. For a stiff boom, I tend to cut the ring
off of the Quick Change Swivel and I’ll crimp and loop in the boom
and then tie a boom 7” long and crimp another loop
in the other end of the boom, which then allows you to put it
onto a Quick Change Swivel on your leadcore or on your lead clip. For a softer boom,
I use 15 or 20lb N-Trap soft and I’ll tie that
with a four or a five turn grinner directly to the ring
on the Quick Change Ring Swivel and I’ll tie that off at the other end
with a figure of eight loop knot at about 8 or 9” long. Putty can be added
in two different places on this rig. First of all, if you’re fishing it
as normal with a pop-up I would add the putty to the crimp
at the Quick Change Swivel end and then if I’m using a soft hook link,
I’ll put a little dab of putty about 2 or 3” down
from the figure of eight loop knot, just to make sure that
that’s all kept on the bottom. Well, if I’m honest it hasn’t been
one of the easiest sessions I’ve had down here this year, but we
moved and we moved and we moved, and eventually we found the fish and to be honest,
The Elusive at over 35lb was one of my highlights of this year. It’s one of the fish I wanted to catch
and it’s one of the A team of this lake, so it does just go to show that you’ve got to put a lot of effort
into finding the fish, location is key,
but if once you find them, you put the right rig
and the right bait in front of them, you can have a good session. So even though
now we’ve got everything right and I’m sure if we stayed another night
we’d catch a couple more, it’s time to go home. Not long after filming I managed
to take a night off of work and get myself a three-night session in. Now the weather was absolutely perfect,
there was a full moon again, Bulldozer was due out and I just had a feeling it was
going to get caught that weekend. So I started off my trip
in the front bay because not many people
had been fishing that swim and apparently there were a lot of fish
in there, so I started there. I done a night, didn’t catch anything
and it just didn’t feel right. Now Jay Willis
had caught, I think, six or seven or maybe more fish
out of the back bay the weekend before, so I knew
going off the back of that information, if I moved into that swim
that there would be fish there as well. So I moved at about
five o’clock in the morning from the front bay, all the way around
to the back bay to get myself in there, plotted up for the weekend. I had three bites
during the day that day, so it was obvious
that the move was worth it. I had a 26-pounder about three
or four o’clock in the morning which was obviously lovely. It was one actually that I had
caught before, but I slipped that back, put the rod back out, a couple more
spods back out and went back to bed. And then woke at first light
to an absolute ripping take on the same rod again. I bundled the fish into the net,
look in and there it is, a 45-pound common. It is such a buzz
catching your target fish. There’s something really special about catching
the very biggest fish in the lake. Before you join the lake,
or even when you’re on there you’re talking it up with your mates, you’re talking
about the fish all the time, you’re looking
at old pictures of the fish and basically you’re building up to that
moment of hopefully catching it. Now sometimes it takes years and years
and years to catch a fish that big and it has done for me in the past. At Walthamstow 2 and 3,
I fished that lake for seven years and never caught a big common in there but luckily, here I think I’ve caught
maybe 24 or 25 fish and managed to catch the big ‘un
pretty quick. So I had a very, very good time
on Golden Gates. It was a massive buzz catching
that big fish and if I’m honest, it’s a bit of a shame really
that I can’t go back because to go back and catch it again would take away a capture from
someone else and ruin it for me. So thanks to all of the lads on there
for all of the good times, but for me now,
it’s on to a new challenge.

47 comments on “Korda Carp Fishing Masterclass 5: Ronnie Rig/Spinner Rig | Tom Dove | Free DVD 2018

  1. Bonjour, quel est la référence pour le micro émerillon à anneau que vous utilisez pour ce montage ? Et en quelle taille ? Merci d'avance 😉

  2. Can someone tell me why so many people use their bobbins so low to the floor? surely the point of them is to have them higher up so that the height on a drop back gives sufficient alarm warning for you? Is it a "look" thing or is there something im missing?

  3. No stow bobins eny more lol bk to standard ones now these lot r so funny korder the destroyers of carp angling along side of the otter dont know which is the worst lol

  4. so much attention to every detail.. then the guy puts his hook onto the main guide ring for storage during transport.. I mean.. really? a chemically sharpened hook can gouge an eyelet.. use the guide support.. just saying.. very nicely done vid though..

  5. I love the Ronnie Rig. However, I really don't think it is realistic for the average carp angler to be able to shift swims that often, even when they know it would be a good idea! It would be like 'musical pegs' if everyone started shifting and I know it wouldn't go down well with other anglers on the lakes I fish! Make your judgement and fish the swim you pick – the odd move is fine, but the luxury in the above video is a rarity!

  6. I have recently seen a lot of anglers fishing with their rod tips pointing up whilst on the pod/bank sticks, rather than down towards the water. Are there specific reasons for either way of positioning the rod?

  7. Spot the difference if you love fishing 💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💴💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵💵 I like this video well done

  8. Used the Ronnie rig last weekend. Caught a 20 pound 5 ounce carp and a 18 . 15 on a new water and on a rig I’ve not used before , I’m sold on it.

  9. So now he claims he part invented this rig? 🤣🤣🤣😄🤭 mega lols. It’s older than he is

  10. This rigs was used more than 10 years ago the spin rigs. But it couldn't be decided where this was better than another rigs it was being used at the time for bottom baits .

  11. People talk about the ronnie rig being newish rig but 20 years ago gold lable tackle terry eustace did the swivel hook and a ringed hook

  12. I use ronnie rigs quite a look but a professional opinion what size crank hook would you use for a 15mm pop up boilie?…im using 4 atm is that to big or?
    Thankyou.

  13. Tom everyone talks about location what if the best location is taken how can you turn odds into your favour

  14. Thanks Tom your a legend I've decided to start with the 2 rigs in this dvd I was going crazy looking for 2 go to rigs you've really helped me now I can concentrate on learning there workings and how to tie them cheers mate

  15. it don’t matter who made it we r all hear as a team so any tips we know with fishing we share with our community to help them get their catch

  16. Is there any videos of setting up your rod from scratch? From feeding the line through the rod eyes…then what?

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