Carp Fishing with a Line Aligner Rig
If you’re struggling with hooking efficiency, your situation can be drastically improved with a line aligner rig. A line aligner rig is a carp angler’s way of describing an angle of approximately 90 degrees between the hook and hook link. Having an angle such as this, means the chances of the hook grabbing a tight hold in the carp’s mouth are drastically increased.
The best part, is that a line aligner rig can be used equally well for bottom bait situations as well as pop-up presentations. It should be viewed as a means of increasing hooking properties of your rig.
In the past, the angle was created by steaming shrink tube or by threading your hook link through silicone tubing, neither of which being terribly easy or hassle-free.
Now, pre-formed aligners are readily available, which should help to make things a whole lot easier for any fisherman. When a fish pulls tight on them during a fight, they will keep their aggressive angle, even when the pressure is released. This is in contrast to other shrink tubes that will pull out straight during a battle.
A line aligner rig can also be added onto an existing rig, allowing you to add the benefits to your current favorite rig.
Tying a line aligner rig
To tie the rig, you’ll need to tie your hook on using whichever type of knot you prefer. Before you tie on your swivel, remember to slide on a piece of shrink tubing, using a length that is a little bit longer than where the hook points to. From that point, you will need to make a hole in the tubing which should match where the hook point would touch if it were long enough to actually touch.
After that, shrink the tubing down using either hot water or steam, whichever is easier and more available to you. Then ensure the braid or mono comes out in line with the hook and cut the top section of tubing at an angle, so it matches the hook link coming out of the shrink tubing.
Then tie a knotless knot, and you’re all done.
Fitting a line aligner rig into your setup
Since a line aligner rig can be added on to your existing setup, the best way to utilize one is to take your current favorite setup and add on the line aligner rig to make it even better. The troubles of carp ejecting themselves off of your hooks will go away quickly when using the line aligner rig properly, so implementing this rig into your setup should help you to pull in a lot more carp.
It can be a fairly difficult rig to learn how to tie properly, although it’s also very useful, so learning how to tie one well is a great investment of your time. Anything that brings in more carp is a great investment of your time actually, and this is an excellent place to start.