A weight in a ground set

How to mount a sinker in a ground kit on a carp? In transit or permanently? Nicolas shares his insights.
Nothing prevents an angler from catching carp so much, like clinging to certain habits. Many colleagues still use the same sets, regardless of the season, or water conditions. There is no question of any: changes – since we managed to catch some nice fish once, then the ground rig on carp must always be the same. I also catch it a lot. I'm coming to the water, I fold the rods quickly and sometimes I don't think much about it, why am I assembling one, and not another set. Ultimately, since so far it has been possible to catch carp with such a set, why should it be different today? Then we come home worried about the stick and justify ourselves once again, that today the fish did not want to eat at all.

Perception of bites

It is a serious mistake to thoughtlessly rig a rig on a carp. We must be aware, that each set has its pros and cons. There are no universal carp kits! For example, a through-weight set enables you to perceive bites more quickly and accurately. If we are fishing in a place with a soft bottom, by using a light in-line sinker, we can prevent the lure from sinking into mud. We can also use a correspondingly larger weight – then only the weight will collapse. When we fish near the water lily belt, a set with a through weight is also an ideal solution. The line should be slightly taut (spool idle engaged or the reel brake is almost completely loose), thanks to which we will notice the bite faster. Immediate jamming will prevent fish from escaping into water lilies.
Fishing near reeds or water lilies, after all, we cannot allow a carp to stretch out a hundred meters of line.
The advantage of a set with a through weight is also the ability to see bites in any situation. Because the sinker is still on the bottom, the fish pulls the line through it (the bite indicator goes up!) even then, when, after taking the bait, it flows towards us. Fishing for very long distances, in strong winds or in strong water currents, However, I always decide on a set with a permanently mounted weight.


When fishing with a rig with a permanently mounted weight, wanting to be sure, that the carp has hooked well should also be jammed. It is true that I am convinced, that a hook in his hand, "Loaded" with a 100-gram weight, he can knock himself in (after inadvertently tightening the line) deep in the finger, however, the carp taker does not always jam by itself. First of all, that's why, that according to Archimedes' law, the sinker is a little lighter in the water.
Po drugie, many carps do not throw themselves immediately after being taken to a panic escape, but it swims away slowly with the bait in its mouth, and then, with slow line tension, only the point of the hook is stuck in the fish's mouth. With a tight line it happens quite often also in a set with a through weight.
When fishing for long distances, a rig with a permanently mounted weight is really worth recommending. If only for this reason, that with so much fishing line lying in the water, a set with a through weight would not allow for precise perception of delicate bites. In practice, it looks like this, that a heavy through weight (when casting over long distances, it must have a mass of at least 90 grams), suddenly "ceases to be cruising". So we have nothing else to do, as soon as you fish with a rig with a permanently attached weight. But why should it be a 100-gram weight, and not, for example, a weight of weight 60-70 g, which can be thrown the same distance?
That's why, that in strong wind or water current the line bends into a "murderous arc", then any lighter weight immediately rolls on the bottom.

Violent strikes

If we are fishing in a strong current of water, large weights are therefore most appropriate. When fishing in the river, I always use a rig with a permanently mounted weight. Otherwise, in the strong current of the water, the fish do not have much time to think and have to make a decision right away. Takes of river fish are therefore much more vigorous than those of fish that live in still water. Sensitive bite indicators are not needed at all. When we fish with a rig with a permanently mounted weight, the leader is usually short. If we decide to fish with a through weight, the leader should have a completely loose line 20-35 cm, while with a tight line 10-20 cm.
Very good, that many anglers fish with their favorite rigs. After all, there is faith in effectiveness: half the success. Nevertheless, I strongly encourage everyone, to think a bit before assembling the rod.