In certain areas of the world, carp are considered trophy fish that anglers dedicate all of their free time to catch.
These are pretty challenging where catching them requires a bit of a learning curve. If you are just starting out, it is important to know what kinds of carp fishing rigs should be used.
Each rig is designed for different uses and for different situations. Some are more versatile than others, and some are designed solely for individual cases.
Either way, it is important to breakdown the types of rigs, their common uses, and the general presentation they provide. In no particular order, here are some of the best rigs you can create to target carp!
Also known as the spinner rig, the Ronnie rig has a couple of unique functions that are great for targeting carp. At the most basic level possible, the Ronnie rig is designed to put your pop-up or bait in the best position possible to deliver a quality hookset.
This is carried about by the free-spinning nature of the rig. This is a 360-degree rig that allows the bait to presented in a very nature way.
Unlike a lot of other rigs, there is no set presentation that the carp will be looking at. In most instances, when a bait moves on a rig, the rest of the rig moves as well. This can scare off picky carp.
With the Ronnie Rig, the bait can move and twist a full 360 degrees without the rest of the line and weight mechanisms going with it. This is all thanks to a weighted swivel that attaches the line to the hook.
One downside of the rig is that it will require a bit of maintenance. Although all rigs will require this, you have to keep an extra eye out for the Ronnie rig.
After every catch or bite, you need to make sure that the rig is in good shape. If there are any kinks or issues, it will not work correctly.
One of the simplest rigs out there for carp fishing is the hair rig. This is what a majority of beginners start with. Its biggest aspect is the separation of the hook from the bait.
The bait is attached to the rig, but not on the hook itself. So, it will look like a bundle of bait extended away from a free-flowing hook.
This may seem weird, but it is by design. When the carp eats the rig, the hook will follow the bait in. Then, when you set the hook, it will lodge itself into the fish without the bait potentially impeding or complicating the hookset.
A hair rig also makes the presentation look more natural. As time has gone on, carp have become more picky, especially toward certain rigs. Having the hook not connected to the bait gives the carp more confidence that the bait you are presenting is nature and not a rig.
Because of the effectiveness of the rig, it has been propelled to be one of the most common and popular rigs to date.
A multi rig helps solve the issue of finnicky carp not biting in clear water. Because carp can become more and more intelligent and aware of rigs over time, anglers have to come up with new ways to present bait. The multi rig is one of these solutions.
More specifically, carp are even more picky in clear water. Because they can see the rigs and analyze them a little bit before striking. Clear water only makes that process easier for the fish.
Along with tricking the fish to bait, the multi rig is also well-known for its versatility. It can be used in a number of situations. For example, it can be thrown on clear water beds, high grass, and rocky bottoms.
This is a big perk to consider, so you don’t have to constantly change out the rig to fit different scenarios.
The build of a multi rig is similar to the hair rig in the sense that bait ball is not attached to the hook itself. You will use a split-shot weight an inch or two from the hook. This makes the bait and hook float above the line’s low point.
The, the line will connect to the hook and loop around the base to create a little handle for the bait to be attached.
So, the hook is below the bait, and the bait is attached to the loop in the line floating above. This gives the carp a different perspective of the bait without them noticing the hook right away.
A huge plus of using a multi rig is the ability to change out the hook without having to completely taking apart the entire rig.
Because of the makeup of the rig, you can simply undo the portion with the hook and replace it, keeping the rest of the rig intact. This is great because hooks can bend, break or dull, and taking the entire rig apart to replace them is a pain.
The Spotshank rig is a really interesting carp rig that takes some of the previous rigs and enhances them even more. The hook is facing downward with a split-shot weight hanging from braid toward the barb of the hook.
Then, the bait will float up above the hook. The bait can be attached by simple ring hooks that connect to the top of the hook.
This is by design, so when a carp is looking at the rig head-on, they can’t see the point of the hook. This rig really takes advantage of how carp feed.
Carp feed like a vacuum. They are bottom-feeders that suck up the food from the bottom. This is the perfect feeding pattern for the Spotshank rig.
Because the hook is on the bottom and facing down, when the carp sucks up the bait, you will get a perfect hookset right into the bottom of the mouth.
One downside of the Spotshank rig is it tends to tangle mid-cast. Because the weight is on the bottom, the bait can get tangled up fairly easily. So, master the execution of making the rig and find a cast that will work without tangles.
Naked Chod Rig
If you find yourself targeting areas full of sand or weeds, the Naked Chod rig can be a fantastic option.
The key is to replace your normal hook with a high-buoyancy hook. This controls the speed that the rig falls and allows it to be placed in weeds without being tangled.
You no longer have to worry about hitting open, solid spots with your rig. This is really versatile and can handle a lot of different conditions.
Because of the build of the rig, you can beef up your hooks and feel really confident in your hookset. Some rigs require alterations to your hook or you to use smaller ones, but this design allows you to upgrade with some heavy duty stuff.
Your rig also brings the same perk as the Ronnie rig in the fact that there is 360-degree movement for the hook. The swivel is attaching the leader to the lead, and then the hook follows. So, not only is this rig super versatile, but it is relatively tangle free.
Hinged Stiff Rig
If you want to take your carp fishing up a notch and get a bit more aggressive with the rig, the hinged stiff rig can do just that.
The build of this rig is fantastic for targeting big, aggressive fish. When many carp anglers discuss the hinged stiff rig, it is hard to switch back to anything else.
While many of these rigs place the hook in a more obscure spot so the carp can suck of the bait and get hooked, this isn’t quite the case here.
The hook is pointed straight forward, and the bait is presented in a really aggressive fashion. This makes it irresistible for fired up carp.
The downside to that is finnicky carp may not commit. This is great for the spawn because you want aggressively feeding fish rather than ones that are particular.
So, this might not be the best rig to use all of the time, and you may need to pick and choose the situations where it is used.
Another awesome upside to the hinged stuff rig is its ability to rerig itself when you miss a bite. Normally when a carp commits but slightly misses, they will come back for a second try. You can’t capitalize on this if your rig is all messed up.
The stiff design of the rig allows it to be reset under the water. You don’t have to do anything. This helps you take advantage of the rebites that carp can do.