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You may have seen Brand Manager Mat Woods extolling the virtues of the 'German Rig' in various magazines and social media portals. So far this season it's been a real winner for Mat, with carp from various venues.

The rig is tied with an Avid CRV hook in a size 6 or 4, using the Big Eye Hook Swivel and Hookbeads on the shank. The hooklink material is always Captive Coated Braid, attached to a lead clip or Helicopter setup with a Quick-Change Anti Tangle Sleeve and Swivel.

This 25lb mirror was stalked over Sonubaits F1 Corn using the German Rig. "I watched the carp pick the plastic corn hookbait up in the gin clear water on Baden Hall's Glovers Pool. It didn't stand a chance! A quick self-take and I was on my way," recalls Mat.

Not content with one Baden 20lber, Mat headed to the Bridge Pool on the complex whilst shooting a segment for the Underwater Series with Rob Hughes for Carpology. Whilst there, Mat used the German rig on both rods with Code Red Wafters over a mixed baited area of F1 Corn, Hemp 'N' Tigers, and chopped Code Red boilies. Mat fished the far margin at 110yds and caught both fish at 10am each day during his 36 hour session.

At 25lb 8oz and 18lb 2oz, the carp were a lovely spring result for the cameras. How did the German rig look underwater? "You'll have to wait for the issue of Carpology to come out," smiles Mat. "But put it this way, I tied up 20 new ones last night, so it can't be too bad!"

With a confidence in his setup, Mat headed to the wonderful Sitch fishery in Shropshire, where he managed a further three carp to 22lb 4oz on German Rigs. Hookbaits this time were the new Hardened Dumbell Code Red hookbaits from Sonubaits, fished over 4kg of 15mm Code Red. A small PVA bag of Code Red Bag Mix loaded with Code Red Oil completed his setup for the shallow, silty venue.

Speaking of Germany and German Rigs, Mat has just returned from a trip to Germany where he fished with top German carper Bjorn Brandt. He slipped the net under a few dark old warriors over there, too, so expect a report here at very soon!



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Recent Catches

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angling consultants.

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This 14lb 12oz Tench fell to Dai Gribble while fishing over a bed of  Hemp, F1 Corn and 2mm S-Pellets Chris Ponsford with a bream caught using Bloodworm Groundbait on a Method feeder Ade Kiddell with a River Severn barbel that couldn't resist an 8mm Krill Pellet O! Dai Gribble with a 13lb 3oz Tench 
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