Late Happy New Years

igquick
First and foremost, merry Christmas, happy holidays, and happy new years; depending on how late I post this to oregonfishingforum...

Sorry I haven't posted in while but I've been really busy with the holidays n all, but I finally got into a bunch this December. I'm not quite sure, but the last time I went fishing, which I'll show some pics of the trip, was 5 days before Christmas.

Before I get into my latest trip, some of yall want to know specifics on what type of gear I buy, and any new types of rigs I've came up with. To be honest, I've been mostly using the same rigs posted on the blog, with a few minor adjustments.

Equipment:

1. A Spinning type rod/reel combo that's already loaded with 12 LB or higher fishing line. You can find one at Wal-Mart, Fred Meyers, or Dicks Sporting Goods ranging between 20-40 bucks.

2. A wheel of 8 LB Fluorocarbon. This line will be used as your leader fishing line.

3. I used to recommend size 2 circle hooks, but I wouldn't go that high on carp averaging 7 lbs. Size 2 circle hooks with hair rigged bread balls are more better for 15+ LB carp. Size 4 circle hooks are great for carp ranging from 1-10 LBS.

4. For swivels, you should use barrel swivels that are at least large enough to easily tie your preferred fishing knot on with your 12 LB fishing line from your rod/reel combo.

5. Some wire is needed in order to hold the bread for the hair rig. This type of bending wire can be found in any arts/craft section at your local grocery store like Wal-Mart or Fred Meyers.

6. I like to use half ounce to 3/4 ounce sliding sinkers because any one of those can be wrapped with a slice of white bread and it would stay on pretty good when casting. If I ever wanted to cast farther, all I would have to do is add another one of those sliding sinkers to my rig if need be.

Above is a pic of the rig without the slice of bread wrapped around the sliding sinker that is furthest from the hookbait. I wrap the bread on the sliding sinker furthest from the hookbait because the other sliding weight is right next to the swivel, and I don't want that to have any bread which would defeat its purpose. Also, having the bread on the furthest sinker rather than the other would have less pressure on the bread when casting because having it on the middle sinker while casting will more likely have the slice come off. The reason why I use two half ounce sliding sinkers instead of one big sinker is because the slice of white bread can't be wrapped around a giant sinker firm enough for casting. I know you can buy or make method type mechanisms on the internet such as large spiral wires or large plastic thing-a-ma-bob with holes on it, but that would just increase the chances of the rig getting tangled when fighting a fish. A lot of these places I fish here in Oregon are not man-made and carp aren't even supposed to be in these waters, so there are a TON of snags. Of course I could just use one half ounce sinker, but the reason why I am using two is for distance and the place I've been fishing has a respectable amount of current.

Above is just a close up on what the hair rig looks like. Keep in mind that the bread I am using on all these pictures are wheat bread, BUT I NEVER USE WHEAT BREAD ONLY WHITE BREAD. The hook I am using is a size 4 circle hook that a friend of mine bought for me on my birthday

Now time to try this fishing rig out a few days before Christmas:

First off, I know that some people don't really know what the word "method" means in carp fishing. Basically a "method" is just a mechanism that keeps a large amount of chum on your rig that stays near your hookbait, thus putting more taste, flavor, and freebies around your hookbait in order to attract more carp or whatever you are fishing for.

So at the start of the fishing trip, I started with size 6 hooks and the same rig that I described above with the method. All I caught in about 2 hours were 5 crawfish and a bunch of awkward bites that were hard to decipher.

Although I wasn't catching carp, these little buggers were entertaining because every time I would take one out of the water after being tangled on my rig, they would chase me for a good 5 minutes regardless of anything. The picture above is just one of those buggers chasing me. After about 5 minutes, they would crawl back to the water after giving me their temper tantrum.

So I decided to switch one of my hooks on one of the rods for a size 4 instead of the size 6. After landing 5 carp on THAT CERTAIN ROD, it became clear that the hook was the problem. So I decided to switch all the hooks out for size 4 hooks. Very quickly my swim got demolished by carp. Most of the time, I would have a carp on both rods at the same time!

So I ended with 15 carp, and 5 crawfish. The carp weight average was around 6-8 LBS I believe?

anyways, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY NEW YEARS, AND KEEP YOUR LINES TIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BYE BYE 2013, AND WELCOME 2014!!!
 
TTFishon
Thanks for sharing this information. I'm gonna have to try using a hair rig this spring. I'm looking forward to more of your videos and you have a happy new year too.
 
igquick
TTFishon said:
Thanks for sharing this information. I'm gonna have to try using a hair rig this spring. I'm looking forward to more of your videos and you have a happy new year too.

Your welcome and happy new years to u as well!

The hair rig has seriously surpassed my expectations. For one, the rig looks so different that I had 0 faith in it, two I wouldn't be suprised if a treble hook did a better job, third, it didn't seem like a rig worth learning. Well I was wrong. I caught more carp and catfish and had less bites but more fish on the bank than using trebles, so the idea of a fish biting and not having the ability to spit it out actually works; and it works really well on farm trout using powerbait. Two downsides is that they aren't readily available in stores nearbye and they sometimes don't work well with fish that have bony mouths
 
TTFishon
That's kinda how I feel about the hair rig too. lol It obviously works though.
 
igquick
TTFishon said:
That's kinda how I feel about the hair rig too. lol It obviously works though.

I wonder if any new rigs are going to come out of the woodwork, like the umbrella rig for bass
 
TTFishon
I think that umbrella rig might be illegal. lol
 
igquick
O yeah lol, i knew that *cough*
 
TTFishon
lol
 
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