Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ready to Go!

I am ready to go.  I have been an eager beaver getting my carp stuff ready  in the last few days as the snowstorm has given me lots of time to do this. I've loaded up a couple of reels with new line, cleaned out and organized my rucksack, made a whole bunch of hair rigs that I've added to my rigger pouch (see photo), and made about a hundred sinkers (see photo).  The rest of the stuff I need.....nets, alarms, mats, weigh slings, etc. are all ready.
Now, we just need a break in the weather. Considering how fast this snow is melting, I don't think it will be too long.  In fact, even after the harshest of winters, I am usually out carp fishing on a steady basis in late February or early March.  Right now, there's still ice and snow covering most ponds, but realize the ice under all that snow is thin, averaging maybe 2-5 inches.  A few days of temperatures way above freezing will melt much of that in no time. Besides, all I really need is a big hole in the ice where I can fish in and I'm ready to try. The carp will be drawn to those ice free, warmer spots.

Some fishermen have asked that I post that video on making hair rigs using the knotless knot that I made a couple of years back.  Here is the link on You Tube about how to do it. There are many ways to tie a hair rig, but this is the way most fishermen do it. Hair rigs are the most efficient rigs to use for carp, although soft baits (sweet corn and bread balls) can be placed directly on a hook.


  1. Whats your hooklink of choice?

  2. Vast majority of carp fishermen use 50 lb. test braid (usually Power Pro) as their hooklink. I usually tie my hair rigs on a vice with nylon thread and then later tie in monofilatment hook links, though I have also done it with the braid.