DROP YOUR LEAD WHEN ZIGGING: STEP 1

To set this system up, you'll need a big lead, some PVA tape and lead clips.

DROP YOUR LEAD WHEN ZIGGING: STEP 2

Tie a swivel to your main line, click a lead clip into place over the top and attach your lead and hook link.

DROP YOUR LEAD WHEN ZIGGING: STEP 3

Tie a tight overhand knot in a piece of Kwik Melt PVA around the lead clip, as so.

DROP YOUR LEAD WHEN ZIGGING: STEP 4

The PVA will keep the lead on for the cast, and dissolve to let it discharge on the take.

Drop Your Lead When Zigging Mechanics

You'll notice that a lot of experienced zig anglers use heavier leads than normal for this style of fishing. This allows them to successfully hook a carp that sucks in a bait up to 15ft away from the lead system! What you don't want, is to have that big lead banging around near the rod tip as you attempt to net a hard-fighting carp. The best solution is to drop the lead each time you hook a fish.

This particular setup is used by Martin Pick for his zigging, and you'll notice that he doesn't even use a Tail Rubber. Instead, to ensure that a hooked fish drops the heavy lead, Picky ties a piece of Kwik Melt PVA tape around the lead clip to make sure the lead stays in place on the cast.