Darrell Peck – Adjustable Zig Rig Carp Fishing at Linear | DEEPER Pro Plus


So we’re here at Linear Fisheries and we’ve decided
to come on to Hardwick and the reason for that is I want
to show you how I use the Deeper and I primarily use it
when I’m zig fishing and just to map out a swim
to get a basic idea of the topography. I know it’s up and down out there.
There’s a load of features in there. Some really deep water, it comes up
abruptly in certain areas. Yeah, I’m really looking forward
to the session. I’m going to show you
how to use the Deeper and how I use the Deeper. There’s a whole army
of naysayers out there that would say that using
a castable echo sounder is cheating. Echo sounders have been used
in fishing for years. There’s loads of different reasons
why you’d use one. Do I use a Deeper primarily to find fish?
The answer is no. I use it primarily to map the swim much
quicker than I can with a marker float. Let’s say I want to make
a 50, 60 yard cast and I want to know what the depth is
between me and that point, I would have to bring the float in
and pop it to the surface several times through the swim and that would alert
the carp to me being there. A bright orange market float coming up
and down through the swim is not ideal,
certainly not multiple times. With the Deeper I can put it out
where I’ve seen activity. I can then draw it through the swim,
look at my phone, get a gauge. All the time as it’s coming
across the surface, I’m looking back at my phone,
gauging the depth and any sort of up and down or anything
of note that I like the look of, all I have to do is stick the Deeper
into the clip at that point and then I can wrap it
round the distance sticks and then I can interrogate that area
with a leading rod. But if I’m honest,
I use it mainly for zig fishing. What I try to do is if I know
I’m going to be fishing zigs and I’ve seen activity,
I don’t want to have to cast out there with the marker float
and scare them off. I overcast with the Deeper
past where I’ve seen the activity, I draw the Deeper through the swim
until I can see it on the surface level with where I’ve seen the activity. I can then check the depth,
put it in the clip again, put it round the distance sticks
and I know in that situation if I cast out the same amount of wraps
and I know how deep it is, I’m then able to gauge
the depth that I’m fishing at. Wow! Looking at the sun
has absolutely done me. Oh, my God! It’s 20ft. A lot of them are 7ft down. In that depth of water you don’t want
to be using massive hooklinks. Just by recasting
you’re scaring the fish all the time to change depth so I think
I’m going to reel that rod in. Try a little bit higher and get the adjustable on there. Oh, my God! It’s black with them It’s absolute carp soup out there. Having a little bit of local knowledge,
Rob Burgess, our Korda Koach, he’s put me onto this swim
called the Christmas Tree. He says it’s a really good area,
it’s a short-range swim. Maximum limit of 40 yards
but because of that the fish hang around
in the deep water just behind. I’ve heard about how this lake,
how it is all up and down. and the depths just change dramatically
all over the swims so… Oooh… I’ve got a take. That’s a take. Well… The adjustable’s been out there
maybe 45 minutes and I set it 6ft down. Had a little chat on the phone
to Rob Burgess and what he said
sort of mirrored what I was thinking or looking back
over my previous captures that most of the takes on zigs,
not always but a lot of them, they come in the top third. And although I’d seen the fish
on the Deeper all through the layers, I think I was too low. So having put that adjustable
out into the deeper water and I set it 6ft down, a bit
of black foam, no tipper on there, just the black foam
and 45 minutes later it’s off. The adjustables, a lot of people
can’t get their heads round them. The main thing is avoiding the tangles. Once you can cast them
out there effectively, and know that they’re not tangled,
you can fish in much deeper water than you can with conventional zigs which opens up areas of the lake that
other people probably aren’t exploiting. He’s in there. Now we know what depth too fish,
I’m sure there’ll be quite a few more. Well, the first one
is always the most important. You don’t know you’re doing it right
until you get a bite. And an adjustable zig,
6ft down from the surface and it wasn’t out there too long at all
before this has taken the bait. A little bit of black foam,
always a winner. I really want to get that rod
back out there because I’m sure
there’s more to come. That Adjustable Zig Rig
would murder this gaff. This is a better fish, this one. There’s the float. There’s the fish. Yes! How about that? Adjustable zig rigs. Ooh, yeah. I’m going to enjoy this. It’s just over 30, nearly 31. Well, here’s Hardwick carp
number two. Another one on the adjustable zig rig. After seeing the fish on the Deeper
and getting the depth correct and fishing
over the deep water effectively using the adjustable zig rig,
a little bit of black foam and this is the result. Just over 30lbs, just under 31,
30-and-a-half. A lovely carp
and a good sign of things to come. So the adjustable zig rig is something
that not a lot of people use and the reason they don’t is
because they’re a little bit scared of it. They haven’t done it before so
they’re unsure and they don’t try it. But what it does
is it opens up the possibilities to be able to fish in really deep water
off the bottom. On really busy lakes fish tend to come
off the features, the shallower bits, move into deep water, not to feed
but just to hang out in safety knowing that
they just don’t get fished for there. With the adjustable zig rig, what you do is you basically cast it out
where you want to fish, you pop it to the surface much like
you would with a marker float and when you see the float
on the surface, you place the rods into the rest,
tighten the line really slowly and just tighten it until the float
just dips from sight. The key bit there is having
a pre-measured hooklink. Your hooklink, I measure it
from the second ring on my rod back to the reel seat. So once the float
has just dipped from sight, I take the line just at that second ring,
I bring it back to the reel seat and that enables me to know that
the hookbait’s exactly on the surface and from that point I just work it down
one foot at a time and you leave it in the rest. It enables you not to have to recast
to change depth. So, one minute I can be fishing, say, 6ft,
and it gets a little bit warmer. I might see some black shapes
out on the surface, I can just let out 2ft of line and know
that I’m not needing to recast, not scare the fish and I’m now fishing
at a different depth. Get in. This is working an absolute treat. A little bit of black foam,
always a winner.

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