Carp Fishing – The Chod Rig – How to Use it Perfectly
If you have ever used a chod rig then you may already know that it is one unique way of presenting your single hook bait. There are two nice advantages of using this kind of a rig. First, it makes it really hard for any carp to deal with it. Second, it lets you fish over almost any kind of lake bed from light weeds to heavy bottom debris.
The chod rig has really become popular over the past few years, however, it has been around for a lot longer than most would think and was just under a different name. Originally it was referred to as a silt rig. Once anglers began to discover the effectiveness of the silt rig they started using it more and more and a few years ago it became named the chod rig and now it is used widely.
Now because of all its popularity, the chod rig is losing some of its effectiveness because in some areas it is being overused and the carp are catching on, like they do with many fishing techniques. However, you can modify your chod rig to where it will once again be what it was when it first was introduced.
The chod rig in some areas has become very easy for carp to learn to avoid if they are being caught with it on a regular basis. The rig really doesn’t have much movement other than its pivoting on the leader and if the bait doesn’t move more than likely a wise carp is going to leave it alone. You might be able to change the outcome of this by adding a little bit of movement to your rig. With some added movement you’ll be able to ensure the hook hold will go further back into the mouth of the carp. You can do this by adding a very small hinge that will give your rig some more movement in all different directions. Take a small hinge, tie it to some stiff nylon.
Another thing that hampers the effectiveness of the chod rig, the popularity has caused anglers to use it in situations that it really was made to be used in. You should try to keep it for use with single hook bait fishing or when you are fishing in a scattering of boilies where the fish are moving from one bait to another bait. You don’t want to use it in any clear margins or you shouldn’t use it in any area where it is really going to look naturally out of place. This would mean you shouldn’t use it over some bed that is tightly spodded and the carp are feeding heavily down at the bottom. You also don’t want to use it over a really thick weeded area since most of chod rigs are used on a helicopter set-up. Because if the lead gets tethered you won’t be able to dump the lead in thick weeds.
The chod rig is good to use when fish are showing and you can cast out among them. You can slide the back stop up your leader and then go ahead and cast it at the fish. Of course don’t do this near any heavily weeded parts of the lake. This is going to present your bait well and the chod rig is going to be effective no matter where it ends up landing. Even though there is not a single rig that is tangle free, the chod rig does allow you to often times fish in areas that other anglers probably just ignore.
Often times people will use their chod rig with some bottom bait, but in reality this rig is specifically designed to fish effectively over the dirty and debris ridden bed so there really is no need for some bottom bait. It is best to use it with either a pop-up or a cork ball pop-up. It also helps if you use a big hook like a 4 Wide Gape or a 5 Stiff Rigger then add the extra buoyancy of say a cork ball will ensure that the rig will sit perfectly upright. Also another good thing is that they don’t lose the buoyancy if they have to sit out on the lake for a long period of time.
How the chod rig is normally set up always has potential for something to go wrong. For instance if you fish with the rod up high or if your line is tight, the entire hook link may end up off the bottom. So if you want to prevent this from happening you might want to use a leadcore leader with your rod tips down as low as you can get them. This usually means they need to be under the water and make sure that your line is as slack as you can get it. If you are fishing at close range you might want to use a safe zone leader that has a back lead that is behind it. They aren’t as dense as a leadcore but they will disappear better once they are in water, especially clear water. No matter what you use, it is important that your leader lies down flat on the lake bed.
Even if you fish with your line as slack as you can get it, you should try to keep your clutch as tight as you can get it without taking to much slack out of the line. If the lead is in the lake bed and you have a slack clutch, your lead is simply going to stay put as the carp takes the bait and swims off. The hook link is going to come off the leader and what you will end up with is nothing but a mess. On the other hand, if you have a tight clutch, once the fish is hooked it will unplug the lead before it takes the line and that is what you want.
With all of that being said, it is important that you get the rig to sit right, in fact it is one of the most important aspects for the chod rig and it all comes with how well you tie it. These rigs are formed with stiff material and you need to tie them very carefully and with some really good precision because if the rig is done sloppy you will end up paying for it.