4 Successful Carp Rigs You Should Try This Spring

Spring Rigs

This week, we take a look at the most successful and popular rigs to use in the spring months.

With longer daylight, carp will be starting to wake up and starting to feed, so we thought it would be great time to talk about the best rigs to use at this time of the year.

Although they will be starting to feed it’s always good to start a spring session with a small amount of free offerings. Using rigs that are not too obvious, that can be picked up with by shy sluggish carp and can give you a good hook hold, would be an effective rig to use this spring.

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The Chod Rig

The chod rig is the ideal rig especially if you don’t know what lake bottom you’re fishing over. A great rig for silky, choddy and light weed lake bottoms and presents itself very well, ready for the fish to pick it up. There are so many variations of this rig but we believe the most effective way to fish the chod rig is to fish is naked (no leader) with a semi slack line and a short chod rig.

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The Ronnie Rig

The Ronnie rig is a pop up rig that sits not as obvious on the lake bottom which is great for capturing those cautious big carp. It also offers great hooking properties and has very flexible presentation on the lake bottom. It can be a little complicated to tie at first but can be very effect for big carp so it’s all worth the learning curve.

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Balanced Rig

A very popular rig with lots of well-known anglers. The balanced rig (may have other names) is a semi buoyant rig with a longish hair and can be set to sink a different speeds depending on what lake bottom you are fishing on.

The balanced rig is essentially a 6-9inch hair rig, long hair, a single buoyant bait like a pop up boilie and a shot to sink the rig. Use a larger shot for quick sinking and a smaller shot for slow sinking if you’re fishing over weed or debris. Ideally use a semi stiff hooklink material so if the rig is blown out of the way by a fish it will reset the presentation of the rig, ready for a fish to pick it up.

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IQ D-Rig

The IQ D-Rig is a great bottom bait rig which has excellent hooking properties. It’s fairly simple to tie and works great with a single boilie or boilie and plastic corn combo. Great rig for a casting at distance due to the semi stiffness of the IQ fluorocarbon hooklink. This rig has been made famous by Korda’s Danny Fairbrass and other well-known anglers and is one of their favourite all rounder bottom bait rigs to use especially in spring.

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Thanks for reading our top carp rigs to use this spring. If you have any questions or if you have any favourite rigs you like to use this time of the year then please share them in the comments below.

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Useful links section

Items you will need to make a Chod Rig

Items you will need to make a Ronnie Rig

Items you will need to make a Balanced Rig

Items you will need to make a IQ D Rig


8 Ways to Jazz up Your Solid Bag Fishing

solid-bag2This week we look at 8 ways to jazz up your solid bag fishing, which essentially will lead to more bites on the bank.

With angling becoming more and more popular the fish have seen it all so why not try out a few of these tips below to give yourself an edge.

Use groundbaits or boilie crumb

Using small crumb in your solid bags will get the fish grubbing on your spot for a much longer duration. Using cloudy groundbaits or boilie crumb can draw those carp down to your chosen hookbait at a much quicker rate from every layer of the water.


Essentially attracting the carp not feeding them, so it means you will possibly get more bites.


Like crumb, liquids are a great attractor to drawing the carp down to your hookbait. Try adding liquid inside the bag and fill the gaps or dip the whole bag in liquid.


In the summer months try oils to give off even more attraction, hemp oil, salmon oil and any other fish oils work best, creating a devastating slick.

Try a particles or naturals solid bag

Adding pellets to a solid bag has become the done thing recently, why not try something different. Adding particles or naturals to a solid bag can be deadly as the carp will not have come arross this as often as a pellet filled solid bag.


Many companies produce their own PVA friendly particles which work well for solid bags or you can simply make your own PVA friendly particles. Simply boil up your chosen particles such as hemp, drain as much water as you can, then add salt and oils and store in a sealed bucket until use.

Particles that work particularly well for solid bags are hemp, partiblend, maize and chopped tigernuts but experimenting with others can give you great results.

It’s not just particles that work well in solid bags why not try naturals such as maggots or water snails (Check out CC Moore and Dynamite baits) to give the carp something different to hone in on.

Multiple sized pellets

Using multiple sized pellets will offer a solid bag different breakdown times. The micro pellets will instantly breakdown while the larger pellets will break down over a longer period time giving you solid bag with a lot more attraction than using the same size pellets throughout.

Match the hatch hookbaits

While a boilie or plastic hookbait has been the norm when using solid bags recently, matching the bait you have in your solid bags with your hookbait often can save you from a blank.

A match the hatch hookbait

If you’re using pellets or hemp in your solid bags, why not try a single pellet or black foam with a shot underneath as a hookbait.

Small hookbaits

They say that big bait catch big fish, but this is purely an urban myth in most cases. A small hookbait in amongst a small patch of bait can snarl even the weariest of big carp.

A single plastic maize or a 10mm boilie hookbait in the past have had extremely good results throughout the year.


Bright hookbaits

Sometimes a bright hookbait can get you bites much quicker. A bright yellow, orange, white or pink hookbaits often work best. Even the sight of a bright hookbait can draw carp down to your spot, so it’s well worth giving it a go.

Slow sinking bags

If you’re fishing over weed or debris why not try slow sinking solid bags. To get the bag to flutter down to the bottom simply add 2 or 3 pva foam nuggets or add crushed pop up boilie crumb to you solid bag mix.

Tips for solid bag fishing

  • Make your solid bags as tight and as compact as you, this will make them much more aerodynamic on the cast and the won’t break open until it’s reached the bottom
  • Make up multiple solid bags and rig setups, ready to cast out will get you more bites on your session and less faffing around on the bank



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The Best Ready Made Carp Rigs For Carp Fishing

Korda-ready-made-rigAs much as I love making my own rigs, now and then the need for a ready tied pre built rig is a must. If your new to carp fishing or struggle with tying your own carp rigs, ready made rigs are the one for you.

A few years ago ready tied rigs really wasn’t up to the quality compared to making your own rig but in recent years carp companies have been producing the highest quality rigs built with top quality components.

Top pre-made carp rigs

I’ve decided to list below the best ready tied rigs on the market today. All these rigs have been intensely tested by the pros, testing to prevent rig breakages and hook pulls.

Ready Made Hair Rigs

Korda KD Carp Rigs

kdrigkordaOne of the most effective rigs out there, with all the success team Korda have had using this rig on their underwater films, Korda had decided to produce these rigs in a ready made form.

This rig is ideal for any bait presentation such as snowman’s, pop ups and bottom baits.

The KD rig has been developed to give an aggressive hook hold often in the bottom lip which makes the best hook holds, preventing hook pulls and lost fish. The rig is made using all top quality Korda components which are all reliable and lots of anglers have extreme confidence every component included in this rig.

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Fox Cortex Hair Rigs

foxcortexrigsDue to popular demand Fox have created a huge range to ready made rigs using all the popular components.

The range has huge variation and choice which will suit every angler and every fishing situation. You can find the rig in 2 different colours Weedy Olive and Gravel Brown creating a camouflage effect on any type of lake bottom.

The rig comes in a large variation of hook sizes, such as sizes 2, 4, 6 and 8 which is ideal for any sized baits and any sized target fish.

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ESP Striptease Combi Rigs

espreadymadehairrigsWhen I first got into carp fishing I had no clue how to make carps rigs and used ESP ready made rigs.

I had so much confidence in them and still do so, that’s why I always have a couple of these rigs in the tackle bag as a backup if a homemade rig I’ve made breaks.

These rigs come in many hooks sizes and different hook patterns which is great for using any type of bait in any type of presentation. These rigs are simple but built using extensively tested components which are highly reliable and catch fish.

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Ready Made Chod Rigs

Korda Ready Tied Chod Rigs

korda chod rigOver recent years the chod rig has become one of the most popular presentations in carp fishing.

Korda have created this range of pre-made chod rigs to remove the stress and worry about creating your own chod rigs.

Using yet again top quality Korda components and rigorously tested by team Korda, even the pros have no issue using these premade rigs. You all get 3 chod rigs per pack so you really do get your moneys worth.

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ESP Chod Rigs

espchodsUsing ESP chod components, these rigs really are reliable and extremely value for money.

You can also use these rigs in conjunction with an ESP Heli leadcore leader so all you need to do is attach a lead and bait of your choice and your ready to start fishing.

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Fox Chod Rigs

foxchodsThese chod rig by Fox are built using their most popular chod components creating the ultimate chod rig.

The rigs are designed so you can adapt them to make rigs such as the hinge stiff rig which is a highly popular rig presentation in carp fishing.

These rigs come in 5 different hook sizes which is idea for any sized pop up bait.

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Ready Made Zig Rigs

zig-alignaRecently zig rig fishing has become extremely popular as it catches lots of carp and not only just in the summer months but all year round.

Making your own zig rigs can time consuming so many companies have noticed this demand and have created thier own range on ready tied zig rigs making fishing this method so much easier so you can enjoy your time on the bank.

Avid Zig Rig Kits

avid zigsThe Avid zig rigs comes in 8ft and 10ft lengths which can be adjusted to the depth you wish to fish in.

The rigs include a pre tied zig rig with a size 10 hook, low diameter 11lb floating line and an Avid Zig Grub. The kit also includes a Zig lead clip and tail rubber, everything you need to start zig fishing.

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Korda Ready Tied Zigs

korda zigsIt really is worth having a few different length rigs when zig rig fishing and Korda’s range really has it all. The Korda zig’s range comes in 6ft, 8ft, 10ft and 12ft lengths.

Each pack comes with 3 different coloured foam baits which is the most popular bait for zig fishing. The pack includes 3 pre-made zig rigs which is great value for money and great for incase you lose any rigs.

Like all Korda ready tied rigs the Korda zig’s use all their tested and quality components which are ultra reliable.

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In Conclusion

Thanks for reading my guide on ready tied rigs for carp fishing and I hope it helped you find the rigs you need for your own fishing.

If you want to learn more about zig rig fishing check on my guide to the best tackle for zig rig fishing which includes the rods, reels and terminal tackle you will need to catch carp using the zig rig method.

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