The Rigs Page - The Pendulum Rig
Mark Williams submits the 'Suspender Rig' to the Rig's Page Library, a rig for fooling those wary surface feeding carp.
THE PENDULUM RIG
As experienced floater anglers will know carp very easily spook away from floating baits. The main cause of this is when the fish detect the line where it comes away from the bait, either visually or by feel. The Pendulum Rig gets around this, although its life is limited for the carp eventually spook away from the Pendulum once they've been caught on it a time or two. In spite of its short life though, the Pendulum is well worth trying.
The important bit when making this rig is not to drill a dirty great hole through the polyball - just run a baiting needle through it, then squeeze the rigid tube through the hole. You need a lump of lead on the bottom, fixed permanently to the tubing - enough to 'cock' the rig like an inverted waggler, with the polyball positioned about an inch from the lead.
Tank test the rig.
Now, run the main line through the tubing, bottom to top, slide the silicone tubing over the line, tie on a swivel and your hook link (greased nylon or something that floats and won't get waterlogged). Fix the swivel into the silicone tubing, and fit the silicone over the rigid tubing.
The polyball can now be moved up and down the tubing so that the balance is just right to lift the hooklink, but not the bait, off the water.
It looks clumsy but it's brilliant as long as you don't want to cast it too far!
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