Cork Ball Rig
have tried several rigs now, some work well and others are more trouble
than they are worth! The best thing to do is keep it simple and minimise
the chance of tangles as much as possible by using a stiff hooklengh material
or some form of tubing. The first rig i used was similar to the dumbell
rig which looks very good caught me a few cats but did prove to cause
a quite a few problems in practice, especially when putting the rig out
with a baitboat. I have also experienced problems getting the rig to pop
up to the correct depth and have found myself having to reel in and re
boat on several occasions. This may have been due to the fact that i use
a braided mainline and not mono. Having said that i have modified the
rig to suit my fishing requirements and now the rig works perfectly fine
with leeches and worms alike, see worm rig. The best all round rig I have
used so far is the cork ball rig (diagram 1) which is very simple, effective
and has caught lots of cats with only a few missed or dropped runs. I
use a 20lb amnesia hooklength tied to a light size 4 owner circle hook
one end and a 100lb swivel at the other end. The cork ball is tied to
a short lengh of 4lb mono and then tied to the eye of the hook. Simply
thread a lead onto your mainline followed by two rubber beads then tie
your hooklengh on via the swivel, attach your leech and you are ready
to go! Once you have cast out, take up the slack line until you can feel
the lead and the leech will be popped up to the same lengh as your hooklengh.
If you want to fish higher in the water simply pull some line off your
spool allowing the cork ball to raise the rig up higher in the water.
I have pictured these rigs above to make them easier to understand.
Now go out and give Leeches a go, they do really work that well!!
2007 Leech rig
Finally I have had chance to detail my leech rig we have been testing over the last few months. I wanted to make sure it performed without problems in various conditions and situations and I am pleased to report it has been a success. All the Catfish that have been landed on the rig where all hooked perfectly in the corner of the mouth and none came off during the fight.
Click on image for large diagram
kindly supplied by Biopharm
Leeches where you can purchase your fishing Leeches.
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