- Jul 11, 2018
Well done Squimp finally someone who is prepared to actually read what I'm saying, and not guessing what's being said. Its as you say mate its what it does to the hook. There is another video I cannot find sadly, but the guy is tying up a tiger nut rig, and than puts a massive lump of putty just one inch from the hook. He explains that when the fish picks up the bait, it also takes in the putty and due to the weight cannot eject it, and it hooks itself on the putty then then bolt rig lead.Adam Penning was the first to publicise this rig tweak. Whether he was the first to use it I don’t know.
The fact is rigs set up like that (a sizeable lump of tungsten putty/shot/olivette) an inch or two from the hook eye with BOTTOM baits work really well.
It is nothing to do with critically balancing or even zig rigs - the bait is already negatively buoyant. it is about what happens to the hook when the fish picks up the bait.....
I hardly ever use pop ups; I very much prefer a bottom bait and I use variations of this rig a great deal And it catches me and my mates a lot of fish. whether it is actually better than a standard bottom bait rig is open to question. We think that it is.
where it fits in with the original Taylor brothers ‘Lift’ method I have no idea.....
Does it work Sam, I don't know, but there are lots that use it if you care to look. Its not my thing, but the lift method with a weight 2''-3'' from hook is similar, as the weight is pulling the hook down as the fish raises it head with the bait in its mouth.