Rig it Right: Straight Bomb Rig

Although the Pellet Waggler and fishing the Bomb complement each other, especially on commercial fisheries that are carp dominated, there are times when the Bomb will out-fish the Waggler. One is obvious, simply because the carp just don’t want to come up in the water, another is it takes time to get the fish feeding confidently up in the water so the Straight Bomb Rig is a great method to start a match of with whilst pinging in pellets to tease them into rising up in the water.

Justin Watkins


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1 – Thread a small Quick Change Swivel onto the mainline. I use Cenex 0.20mm Feeder Mono.

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2 – Using a six -turn Blood Knot attach a medium Connector Bead, remembering to moisten and test once pulled down.

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3 – Remove around twelve inches of 0.18mm Cenex Hybrid Power Mono to create the hook length.

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4 – Attach a silicone Pellet Band to one end of this line with a six-turn Blood Knot, moisten and tighten carefully as not to kink the line.

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5 – Passing the hook length through the back of the eye, thread on a size 14 or 12 Sphere Beast Barbless Hook.

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6 – Create a short hair and trap the line against the hook.

"ideal, when the carp want a bait hard on the deck."

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7 – Whip the hook length approximately seven times around the shank of the hook.

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8 – Pass the tag end, once again, through the back of the hook.

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9 – Moisten and tighten down.

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10 – The end product should look like this.

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11 – Using a figure of eight overhand knot create a loop in the tag end.

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12 – Moisten down and tighten.

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13 – Attach the hook length, which should be around ten inches to start with, to the Connector Bead.

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14 – Attach a 1/3oz (10g) Square Bomb Lead to the Quick Change Swivel.

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15 – You can always use a ready tied hook length if preferred such as a Feeder Leader ‘Method’.

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