THE RUNNING RIG
Our How, Why and When guide to this simple and effective lead arrangement.
WHY USE A RUNNING LEAD ARRANGEMENT?
There are a few benefits to using a running lead arrangement, one of which being that line and bite indication is improved considerably. This is because the lead does not have to be moved to create a signal of activity back at the bank. In fact the lead is completely bypassed all together.
With a direct connection between the main line, rig and hook, any movement of the rig and hookbait results in indication back at the buzzer and bobbin. Because the bulk of the lead resistance is removed by the line being free-running through a ring attached to the lead another plus point is achieved - the carp can’t use the leads resistance to throw the hook.
On many pressured waters, the carp will shake their heads violently once hooked, which often see’s the hook thrown from the fish’s mouth. Where carp associate this head shaking with getting away with it, a running rig is a great option, as it completely confuses the hooked fish. So if you’re getting lots of single bleeps, false bites or think you’re getting done? Give the running rig a go.
HOW TO SET-UP A RUNNING LEAD SYSTEM
WHEN TO USE A RUNNING LEAD SET-UP?
The running rig can be used at any time of year, but is particularly good during winter, as a lot of the time the fish are going to be lethargic, meaning bite indication and sensitivity is of paramount importance.
What’s more there less chance of weed being present in the colder months, which along with snag fishing is not the right situation for using a running set-up. This is because once a fish becomes hooked, bolts and runs it will not be towing the lead. Meaning should the fish pass through weed or snags the result will be a lead one side the fish on the other and a tug-of-war situation that could easily result in a lost fish.
Although a running lead set-up is extremely safe as the lead will simply slide from a parted line, open water situations with little too no weed and no imminent snag hazards are best suited to this lead arrangement.