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Bolt rig

Discussion in 'Carp Discussions' started by flathunter, Apr 6, 2004.

  1. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    For you guys that use a bolt rig, cant you just leave the reel engaged and the rod secured in a holder to serve the same purpose?
  2. tpet96

    tpet96 Banned

    Yes you could, but you better have a good grip on your rod. I would think having the lead would better your chances of a hookup though. More weight closer to the end of the line. Better chance for the fish to be hooked upon ejection of the bait. Most people don't realize. The bolt rig works on a few basics:

    1.) Fish takes in the bait.
    2.) Fish senses negativity or tension on the line/bait
    3.) Fish goes to eject bait and "bolt" at the same time
    4.) Weight on line causes hook to grab in fishes mouth BEFORE he can eject it.

    If you don't have that added weight near the hook, your chances of the hookup are actually decreased.

    Wow....I suprise myself sometimes :)

  3. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    You can see I dont like change :D So instead of a hair rig, why cant you just leave the point of the hook bare?
  4. TimJC

    TimJC Carp Angler

    If you're using sweetcorn, bread or other soft baits that may work. BUt for those of us that use harder baits like maize, tigernuts, hemp, boilies, etc. it isn't possible to put it on the hook to begin with. Then there is the issue of the exposing the hook on the bigger baits. I say if you are using corn or bread skip the hair...
  5. tpet96

    tpet96 Banned

    It's not impossible to use the hook. There's always the option of a drill ;) Stranger things have happened. But like I's not the "hair" doing the's the weight on the line "spooking" the fish into "bolting" away, while trying to "eject" the bait that makes it work.
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