Have you ever had those weeks or sometimes even months, where you haven’t caught a single thing? Where it feels like no matter what you do and no matter what you try, the carp simply aren’t biting? Sometimes, the carp in your area have simply become too used to people fishing there, and have become immune to your floater fishing tactics. At times like this, it’s a good time to implement a beachcaster rig. Oftentimes, once you do this, you can start pulling in more carp than ever before.
The beachcaster rig definitely requires a fair bit of practice to set up correctly. Once you get the hang of setting it up, fishing with it is fairly easy, but it will take a good deal of work to figure out how to set it up.
The main thing to keep in mind with a beachcaster rig, is that upon casting, the hooklink will travel up the mainline and over the first stop knot. It will then stop at the second stop knot and will set the distance from the float which you wish to achieve, which should be a minimum of about six feet.
You also need to remember that when casting, your cast should be more of a lob motion. This will send it high into the air so that the float lands atop the lead. You can then slowly tighten and the hooklink will rise from the water’s surface, where the bait will rest. You might want to grab a pair of binoculars in order to make the final adjustments to make sure your setup is proper. It can sometimes be a problematic setup in strong winds.
You should also make sure that your stop knots are only approximately three feet apart. At the same time, they may need to be about 30 feet from the lead. This trips up many fisherman who are attempting to use the beachcaster rig for the first time, as they just can’t seem to wrap their heads around the concept.
A good starting starting guide for the stop knots is to multiply the depth of the water you’re fishing by three. Then fix the first stop knot at that distance from the lead. This means that the further back you bring the stop knots, the lower your rod can be.
One of the drawbacks of the beachcaster rig, is that despite it being good for catching carp, the takes can be very subtle. This means you really need to keep an eye out for takes, otherwise you may not notice them. When you do get a take, you might have to wind down very quickly in order to come in contact with the carp.
Many fisherman find it best to fish the hookbait close to the bend of the hook. This makes it so that when the bait is on the surface of the water, the hook is sitting just on top of it. Of course, this is something that you’ll want to experiment with on your own until you get the hang of what works best for you.
So if you have been experiencing lots of trouble with pulling in carp and have been frustrated about your lack of catches, you should definitely be considering the beachcaster rig. Not only could it be responsible for you pulling in a whole lot more carp, but it allows you to fish from shore, meaning if you don’t have you own boat, you don’t have to wait for your other carp fishing friends to go out in order to try and pull in some carp.
While it does take a while to truly wrap your head around how the beachcaster rig works, and tying one can take a lot of practice, it’s also a very rewarding rig to fish on. Any fisherman should take the time out to learn how to use one effectively, as not only is it a fun rig to fish, but it can help you increase your catches, sometimes instantly. Give it a try today.