Sunday, November 13, 2016

Blowback Rig How To For Big Carp Fishing

Finished Blowback Rig
The finished Blowback Rig
Blowback Rig How To For Big Carp Fishing
The Blowback Rig is a very effective rig. Time for another rig tutorial and this one is very easy to learn and only requires a few key components to make the rig. We are going to tie the blowback rig this time around. I have tried a lot of various rigs and I even tried the blowback rig in the past but on my second go around with this I noticed adding the shrink tube really increased my hook up rate. Also a few subtle changes ensure me that the blowback rig would reset itself all the time. Other than the blowback rigs hooking abilities if a fish would eject the rig it also resets itself that way you know your rig is tangle free on the bottom in case a fish should eject it back out.

Step one for the blowback rig starts out like a majority of all rigs do. We get our supplies in order and you can see in the picture below we really do not need a whole lot to make this rig. We need the following supplies.

  1. Korda N-trap semi stiff and I like the 20lb breaking strain

  2. We need some shrink tubing to match the hook size

  3. Long Shank Hooks

  4. Rig Rings

  5. Scissors

  6. Baiting needle

  7. Kettle to shrink the tubing down with steam

Now that we have our list of supplies we need the first step is like all other rigs out there. We tie an overhand loop so we can loop on our bait later.

Step two is slide a rig ring down the line and position it where the bend in the hook would start. Usually placing a boilie on the end and measure back will give you the right spot to slide it back to.
With the ring in place form an overhand loop so the ring is in the middle of the loop. Tease it down so the ring is in the perfect place. If you find you positioned it wrong you can always undo the knot and move it to the correct position.
Once the ring is in place and cinched down take the point of the hook and slide it down the ring. Make sure the bend is going towards the boilie like a normal rig would look.
Make sure everything is lined up and simply tie the rest like you would a hair rig. Slide the line down through the eye and then come back with wraps around the shank. I prefer around 5-6 wraps but you can do as many or as little as you like. Wet the line and pull tight and we are ready for the next step.
Take a piece of shrink tube and cut it in half. Slide it up the line and over the knot around the eye of the hook. We want to barely go over the end of the loops so once we shrink it the line will hold tight in place.
Next step if fire up the burner and bring some water to a boil. Once it begins to steam take the rig and steam down the tubing. Keep in mind while it is still hot you want to bend it downwards to create an aggressive turn in the tubing. This will allow for a quicker flip of the hook and some insane holds in the mouth of the carp. Also while you have the kettle steaming take your line and run it over the steam. This will take away any memory in the line from being wound around the spool. Go back and forth a few times and your line will be perfectly straight now and ready for action.

The final step is tie and overhand loop or figure of eight knot and attach it to your main line. You are now ready to go land some monsters! This rig is very easy to tie and only requires a few materials to make it happen. Your catch rate improvement will be very noticeable to say the least. I know I was quite surprised when I started to land more fish on this rig.

Hope you enjoyed this rig article. I will be having plenty more in the near future so you can face any situation that comes up while carp fishing.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Multi Rig How To Tutorial for Carp Fishing

Multi Rig How To

So spring is flying by and we are almost into summer. A lot of anglers ask me some of the rigs I use while out carp fishing. I really am a simple person and prefer my fishing to be as simple as the fish allow it to be. With that said sometimes the fish can outsmart you and upping your game and rig selection can be crucial to landing fish that are not caught often or at all.

I have used this rig for a few years and it was not until this year that I have really started to perfect it along with the techniques for when to use it. This rig is the Multi Rig and so far this season has landed a lot of fish for myself.


A lot of times weed never dies in a lake and you will find yourself with a layer on the bottom. With a multi rig you can have your bait above all of this and present the bait perfectly. Granted the multi rig can be used as a bottom rig as well I personally prefer it for pop up baits as it can be very effective.

Larger fish tend to not go vertical when they feed and having a rig that allows you to be a few inches off of the bottom can appear to large fish to be on the bottom since their bellies often times make them feed different due to the size of the fish. This presents a prime opportunity to take advantage of this feeding style that you can capitalize on. I have landed a ton of fish on the rig this spring including a few 30lb fish. I have been using the new CC Moore Elite Range Golden Spice pop ups in 14mm and tearing the place apart

If you follow the pictures you will see that it is not too difficult to tie. Step one is taking a section of Korda N-Trap and cutting off 12-14 inches. I prefer the semi stiff because it works better in my opinion for this rig.

Step 2 is forming an overhand loop section. Determine how high you want your pop up to sit off the bottom and add around ¾ inch because once you tie the rig you will lose a little from the knot and such. I prefer to get my rig around 2-3 inches off the bottom so factor this in. Tease the knot down so you do not waste any line and pull tight.

Step 3 is pinching the end of the loop and sliding it through the eye of the Krank Choddy size 4 hook. This can be a little tricky so take your time and you will be fine. Also add a large rig ring on as well for your pop up later on. Once the ring is on slide over the hook and pull back so you have a D around ½ inch in length or to your desired preference.

Step 4 is taking the Strippa Tool and pulling back 3/8 -1/2 inch of coating so it creates a pivot point behind the overhand knot. You can add the Dark Matter putty on at this point also around the knot.

Step 5 is something I personally do. Before you tie on the overhand loop on the end of the rig I place on a Dark Matter Anti Tangle Sleeve and this will help to kick away the rig from your lead. Once I slide this on I then tie my overhand loop which you can connect with a QC Swivel.

Step 6 is tying on the pop up. There are several ways to do so but I find taking a section of bait floss and folding it in half works best for me. I take a splicing needle and press it through the pop up and grab the folded half of the bait floss and pull it through the pop up and place a rig stop and pull tight. I then tie 3 overhand loops to attach it to the rig ring and hit it with the lighter so I can blob the ends down.

The cool part about this rig is you can easily change pop ups any time and also if you ding the hook you can easily undo the rig and change out hooks as seen in the video without having to retie a completely new rig. This saves a lot of time and material while out fishing.

I have caught a lot of fish on this rig and I am confident you will do the same as well. All of the supplies can be found at

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Fire Starter for Fishing or Camping

Vaseline Cotton Ball Fire Starter
D.I.Y. Fire Starter


D.I.Y Fire Starter How To

A Fire Starter is very easy to make and not very expensive.I really enjoy the outdoors. No matter if you like to fish , hunt , camp or any other various activities you will find yourself at some point probably wanting to build a fire. A fire can bring warmth on the coldest of days. You can also cook of course on a fire so if you are doing any of the various activities mentioned above this is a great way to enjoy the outdoors for a longer period of time. Also as the day turns into night fire can provide a light source as well so you can see your surroundings.
This is the easiest way to make a fire starter which can be used even in wet conditions. All you need are some 100% cotton balls which you can buy anywhere and petroleum jelly (vaseline). I simply fold a Ziploc back inside out and scoop some of the petroleum jelly inside. I add some cotton balls and work it into the cotton. Once ready all I have to simply do is pull out a soaked cotton ball and light on fire. You will see that it will stay lit a lot longer and make it that much easier to build a fire.

100% Cotton Balls
100% Cotton Balls
Petroleum Jelly
Petroleum Jelly ( Vaseline)
Vaseline into the Ziploc
Vaseline into the Ziploc
Cotton Balls into the bag
Cotton Balls into the Ziploc Bag
Mix Cotton Balls and Vaseline inside the bag

Mix the cotton balls and Vaseline inside of the bag.
Light the cotton ball on fire
Light the cotton ball on fire.
Cotton ball burns slow now

The cotton ball will now burn slowly.
Very slow burn time

This is a very slow burn time allowing you to have a better chance of getting your fire lit in time.
Below is my YouTube video or you can click here Video that shows you step by step how to create your own fire starter in only a few steps.  I also included a supply list beneath the video as well so you know exactly what to buy. Most supply items can be bought from local stores such as a dollar type store, chain store or other outlets you may have near you locally. These are very inexpensive to make as well.

Supplies Needed
  1. 100% Cotton Balls
  2.  Petroleum Jelly ( Vaseline )
  3.  Ziploc Bag
  4.  Matches , Lighter , Magnesium Rod