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13 Feb 2017
by Nigel Sharp
How to make your mag aligners more effective
Nigel Sharp doesn’t work on ten-per-cents – he works on half-a-per-cent and here’s how he’s perfected the Mag-Aligner

“First off, the shorter the hooklink the better. If you’re fishing a PVA bag with 100 food items inside, they are not going to move too far from the lead – especially in the cold water, so a shorter hooklink is going to prick them quicker. Secondly – and very importantly – the more supple the hooklink the better. For this, I either use a full braid, something like ESP’s Sink Link or I remove all the coating from a hooklink material. Whichever you choose, make sure it’s light and supple, because the key is to make that hook turn over extremely easily, which given that there is no weight on the hook (a standard boilie bottom bait rig has), can be hard with a stiff material.

“Hook sizing, I use either a size 8 or 10; I don’t go much bigger if I’m using the Mag-Aligner. However, if I do want to use a bigger hook I will move over to the Medusa Rig. When it comes to “edges” for this presentation, I either add a piece of maize or a fake maggot to the Hair, as this keeps the hook and ball of maggots separated, plus it knocks a bit of weight off the hook as well.”

The 'anti-roll bar'

How to stop your maggots impaling themselves

1. Take a fake maggot and using a sharp blade, cut a slit in the fat end of the maggot.
2. Tie (Five-Turn Grinner) a small rig ring onto the end of your hooklink material.
3. Thread your hooklink material through a needle and then push it through the maggot.
4. Then exiting the maggot, make sure the needle comes out bang in the middle.
5. By making the slit in the maggot, it means the rig ring will pull into it.
6. Whip on your hook KD Rig style (three turns, lift Hair and another seven turns).
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