Advance Floating Feeder Rigs
Advance Floating Feeder Rigs
While using a floating feeder, these are the rigs which I use exclusively with a high percentage of success. These three rigs combined with a floating feeder are very effective and can catch almost all Major Carps from Indian Waters.
Mastering these rigs is not difficult and with a bit of patience and understanding, one can exploit them in almost all conditions. The second and third rigs are exclusively my design and have been mastered after hours of experimentation and frustration, seeing the fish devastating my feeder bait without any hook-up.
Pop-up Rig: Paired with semi-fast dissolving bait this is an effective rig for very shy feeding fish and works well for Catla. As the fish sucks the cloud created around the hook, the cork ball moves and goes inside the mouth of the fish. As the fish tries to spit out the hook, the haired rigged hook turns and bites on the lip of the fish. The hook-up is completed due the buoyancy of the float as the fish dives or move away from the feeder. It is of importance to balance the Pop-up setup with a split shot. The weight of the split shot should only be enough to sink the Pop-up rig very slowly. The placement of the pop-up can be adjusted by moving the split shot up or down the hook length. This placement of Pop-up is very important and changes with the depth one is playing. If one is playing near surface, the Pop-up setup should be placed near the bottom of the feeder and should be moved up as we go deeper. The pop up should not cross the above part of feeder to avoid any entangle. The hook length is braided line due to its suppleness and it is prone to entangle while casting. Burying the cork ball in the feeder mix eliminates this problem. The ball becomes free when the feeder bait starts to dissolve or when fish hit the bait ball to break it.
Spring Hair: This rig is one of the best rigs to catch all major Carps from Indian waters. The spring is used to present different baits like dough baits, Bread Pinch, Algae or Moss. I find bread pinch the best bait for this method. The separator eliminates the problem of entangle and keeps the bait at a required distance from the feeder ball. The separator can either be made by cutting a hard film like X-Ray film to shape as shown in the illustration or can be made by a thin S.S. wire. Though a general purpose rig, this method is very good for catching Rohu and Silver Carp. The hook length is either monofilament or braid. I prefer using a #6 hook and play this rig 4 feet underwater. Drifting this rig towards a structure with the wind and then limiting the drift just up to structure has given me lot of success including some of my best fish. Experimenting with different solvency of feeder bait can give you a fair idea about preferred bait for different conditions. Using fast solvency baits for first few casts and then going on reducing solvency till you see your float bobbing and moving vigorously. It is quite mesmerising to observe the float when big fish are feasting on the feeder bait.
Floating Stinger: This is my favourite rig when I am targeting serious big fish. In the initial stages, when I was experimenting with floating feeder, I use to sit and watch the float bobbing up and down with big fish feeding and hitting the bait ball. It was really frustrating to observe some serious fish feeding but avoiding hook up. This rig was designed keeping in mind those observations that when the feeder bait stops breaking, the fish hits and pushes the ball. The beauty of this rig is its simplicity. The use of the weight with the hook, as illustrated, keeps the beak of the hook at perpendicular to the bait ball and due to gravity rotates and comes near the mouth of the fish when the fish pushes or hits the bait ball. As the hook is open, at perpendicular to the bait ball and also rotates and comes near the fish mouth, the probability of fish hooking itself while hitting or pushing the bait ball is very high. The bait here is very important. It should be moulded on the coil in stages and alternate layers should be of fast and slow dissolving consistency. Using a dense coil feeder is of advantage. The idea is that the fish starts feeding on the breaking bait and then the supply of bait should stop, forcing the fish to push or hit the bait. Covering the hook with Algae, Moss or bread punch increases the probability of hook-up but is not necessary. Due to the ability of the hook to rotate with the weight and coming near the mouth of the fish is a unique feature of this rig which makes this rig one of the best rig I have in my possession. Few points being very important while tying this rig are to use a stiff line as hook length, using a wide angle hook, cutting a groove in the weight as hook seat and using inline swivel (Helicopter Rig) which can rotate easily on the main line. A correctly tied rig can catch you your dream fish so master it before you go beside the water.