MD virtual champion 2020. Golden Pie winner 2018.
- Feb 19, 2017
I’ve just been reading the ‘running rigs’ thread, that, combined with a chat I had earlier with youngest brother in law (Chris) has made me realise how out of touch I am with current trends. All this talk about slack line, tight line, heavy bobbins, swingers etc etc has gone so far over my head it would take the Hubble telescope to see it. IMHO the only bit that catches the fish is the business end with the hook on it. I was always taught to fish as simple as possible whilst still ensuring that a) you can present your bait right b) you can reach the desired area and c) you can see the bites. The aforementioned chat with Chris (a strictly carp only angler) was after he was moaning that he had been bothered with bream all last night. I asked him how big they were and he replied 5 or 6 pounds!!! I told him that I would be over the moon with a catch of bream of that size (he’d had 8 of them). He explained that after every fish he had to tie a complete new rig on, including new lead. Apparently his hooks are so sharp that if he retrieves they will blunt on the bottom. In addition, every time he gets a fish his lead is ejected from the rig. He reckoned that those 8 bream had cost him about €30 in terminal tackle. I am absolutely gobsmacked, tackle dealers must be laughing all the way to the bank.