Carp Fishing Rigs for Beginners

Everything about angling is confusing for a beginner. Even holding a fishing rod, the right way could be a task. However, what we think, the crucial part is making fishing rigs. You need to insert the line through the in-line lead, swivel, hook eye and require to tie quite a few different knots, handling the fine fishing line. Tying a basic knot using the fishing line can be difficult for the first lot of attempts. Unless you practice hard, it will remain complex.

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Our Suggestion

If you are a beginner, the suggestion is always to make do with the simplest and easiest rigs. Simple to learn and easy to make doesn’t mean a rig can’t get hold of a carp fish. Neither tough to make rigs are the most unyielding of all.

So, all you amateur, novice carp fish anglers, let’s look at two easy carp fishing rigs for beginners that we think can be learned pretty easily in no time but will be robust enough to angle the largest of carp fishes.

Tools You Need

  • Fishing line, avoid the stiff ones; semi-stiff ones are perfect
  • Hook
  • Scissors
  • Hookbait
  • Baiting needle
  • Bait stop
  • Weight

Carp Fishing Rigs for Beginners

Have a look at the two basic but classic carp fishing rigs right below, step by step, in detail. The purpose is to make you do it by explaining the whole process in easy words. Again, we are saying if you are searching for a complicated rig, that is not what you will learn from here. Beginner levels should stay true to its title.

Carp Fishing Rigs #1 – The Easiest

Hair rig has to be the easiest of carp fishing rigs and the most used one by beginners. You are basically tying the fishing line to the hook and bait through simple knots and components.

Step #1 – Prepare The Hooklink

Hooklink is the small thread that connects the fishing line and the hook. Use your favorite fishing line and cut off 10-12 inches for preparing the hooklink. You are most definitely using a braided fishing line with coating. So you must scrape the coating from 2-3 inches of the line. Use your nails to do that; the layer comes off real easy.

Step #2 – Tie A Overhand knot

On the scraped end, first, tie an overhand knot. You can try the figure- eight loop knot as well. Basically, you will need a loop to create a hair for the needle to work properly, and also, the bait stop will go through that loop.

Step #3 – Hookbait

After you have created the hair, take the baiting needle and the boilies. Push the boilies through the baiting needle and lock the hair with the needle’s tip.

Step #4 – Bait Stop

Time to pull the bait through the line and leave a little portion of the loop outside the bait. Now, insert the bait stop through the loop and cut it.

Step # 5 – Hook

Now take the hook and insert the thread through the hook eye. Bring the hook closer to the bait and wrap the hooklink around the hook shank at least ten times. Insert the end of the link through the eye once again. Ensure you cover the whole shank of the hook with the link. Bring the link end on top of the hook eye, and then insert it and pull to tighten it.

Step #6 – The Other End

End the whole procedure by tying an overhand knot on the other end of the hooklink.

Rigs #2 – The Easier

After the easiest, let’s get to a little tough-to-make rig, not too tricky, nevertheless. It’s the classic pop-rig.

Step #1- Hooklink

You will need a hooklink of about 10-12 inches. Cut it from the fishing line you are using. Only make sure that the line is sturdy enough. You will have to use both the ends of the hook link. Scrape the coating from one end of the hooklink, not more than 2-3 inches. Basically, you will need to thin it out to push things through it easily.

Step #2 – Insert The Link Through the Bait Screw

Insert one end of the line into the eye of the bait screw if you are using one. If not, simply use a bait needle to push it through the hooklink.

Step #3 – Turn The Line A few Times

Take the link through the eye to the extent that you have an inch or a little more hooklink left at the end. Now turn the line a few times, about 4-5 times.

Step #4 – Create A Loop, Take The Link Through It And Pull

Make sure you create a loop and take the end of the line through that loop. Now slowly pull to tighten it up to the bait screw. Moist the line if you are finding it difficult to pull it. When you are sure it is well tied to the bait screw, cut off the extra end to keep it neat.

Step #4 – Hook And The Hooklink

Take the hook, any of the ones that you like. Insert the hooklink through the hook eye. You need to stop the moment the hook bend reaches the bait screw eye. The same applies if you are only using boilies. The boilies should be parallel to the hook bend.

Step #5 – Wrap The Link On The Hook Shank

Now hold the hooklink and turn it repeatedly to the hook shank, about ten times. Once again, take the link through the hook eye and tighten it.

Step #6 – Add The Weight And Secure

Now time to have the weight added for stability. You can use putty, warm it up, and use it. Or there are other types of rig weight too, similar to the seashell shape. Make sure to keep it a little away than the hook, an inch perhaps.

Step #7 – Boilies On the Bait Screw

Get the bait, boilies, or sweet corn on the bait screw.

Step #8 – If You Are Not Using A Bait Screw

You will have to do it right at the beginning. If you are not using a bait screw, you must pop-up the boilies first on the line. You will need to tie a simple loop on the end of the hooklink. It will work as a hair to your baiting needle.

Step #9 – Procedure

Tie an eight loop knot or overhand knot at the end. Lock the baiting needle to it and take the line through the baits or boilies. In this case, you will also need a bait stop.

Step #10 – The Other End

Time to fix the other end. You can do it right in the beginning if you want, but we are doing it now, as creating a loop might make it difficult to insert things through the other end if we need to. You will need to tie a simple loop, eight loop/overhand knot, on the other end of the hooklink.

We do know carp fishes are one the most challenging game fishes among the lot. They will put a fight, break the fishing line, or loosely tied hook in no time, but we also assure you the simple rigs work really well. After all, we are talking about carp fishing rigs, the classic ones, not any random rig.

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