CARPology 3 Month Subscription (Worldwide) From £14.25
Subscribe
Share
Share
Pin
Rigs
27 Dec 2016
by Rob Hughes
Is a Chod rig really best for fishing in weed?
The subject matter: Choddies. The myth: "It's weedy, I'll fish a Choddy."

The first thing a lot of anglers think of when it comes to weed is to bang a Choddie over the top. Whilst the Choddie can be described as the 4x4 rig that will go most places, banging a Choddie into weed and hoping for the best is a recipe for disaster. A couple of years ago for CARPology we took the Chodmeister Nigel Sharp out and got him to sling some Choddies into some weed to see how they landed. It became apparent very quickly that sometimes you get away with it and others you don’t and for me that leaves far too much to chance.

The reality is you need to know what weed is down there and how much of it there is to be able to make an informed decision on what to do. When ‘Chodding’ over weed you quite simply HAVE to know what the weed is, ideally both in length and density so you can set your top bead at the correct distance to allow the bait to sit on the weed as opposed to being pulled into it by the weight of the lead.

The following is not conclusive nor scientific in any way, shape or form but ideally if you are fishing over long weed then estimate the depth of the weed and add 50% of that distance to get the distance you should semi-fix your top bead from your lead. Ideally then PVA tape the top bead into position and add a little nugget of dissolving foam to the hook and when you cast out, feel the lead down on a tight line. Once the lead has landed, let the line go slack and the Chod should be on or near the surface. Wait for the nugget to pop to the surface and if balanced properly your Choddie will now be sitting perfectly on the top of the highest branches of the weed. A great tip.

Also Recommended
Should you use Chod Rigs semi-fixed or running?
10/03/2017
Rigs
Should you use Chod Rigs semi-fixed or running?
Rob Hughes helps you improve your carping tactics by utilising his access to the underwater world!
10/03/2017
Rigs
The Chod Rig under the microscope
27/12/2016
Rigs
The Chod Rig under the microscope
In his ‘Little Things In Life’ series for CARPology.net, Avid Carper Mat Woods puts the popular Chod Rig under the microscope
27/12/2016
Rigs
Why Terry Hearn has gone off Chod Rigs...
25/10/2016
Rigs
Why Terry Hearn has gone off Chod Rigs...
The biggest names in carp fishing pick Terry Hearn's brain - this time, Nigel Sharp asks the questions...
25/10/2016
Rigs
Do Chod rigs really offer better indication?
09/09/2016
Rigs
Do Chod rigs really offer better indication?
Our subsurface angling specialist Rob Hughes investigates whether Chod Rigs offer better indication or not...
09/09/2016
Rigs
Why you should try longshank hooks
07/06/2016
Rigs
Why you should try longshank hooks
Nigel Williams reveals how, contrary to popular belief, longshank hooks can be absolutely devastating when fished D-rig style for Chods and Hinge Stiff Rigs
07/06/2016
Rigs
Size Zero Chods
26/06/2013
Reviews
Size Zero Chods
A Shorter Version of ESP's Best-Selling, Ready-To-Go Chod Rigs
26/06/2013
Reviews
Chods and wind
04/06/2013
Rigs
Chods and wind
So does the wind really effect then? Let's find out...
04/06/2013
Rigs
Only a rig guru would get 12 out of 12
04/04/2017
Quizzes
Only a rig guru would get 12 out of 12
Think you know the difference between a Clinch Knot and a Blood Knot? And who invented the Stiff Rig? Well, take our test to discover how good your rig knowledge really is...
04/04/2017
Quizzes
How to cast a Chod Rig perfectly
03/04/2017
Rigs
How to cast a Chod Rig perfectly
Nigel Sharp answers some of your questions regarding casting chods and making them spin better
03/04/2017
Rigs
How to tie a Chod Loop
27/03/2017
Rigs
How to tie a Chod Loop
It’s not only the curvature of your Chod you want to consider – think about adding a loop to increase movement
27/03/2017
Rigs
How many turns?
01/03/2017
Rigs
How many turns?
How many turns should you make up the hook shank? We ask Terry Hearn...
01/03/2017
Rigs
Will Chod Rigs ever blow?
21/02/2017
Rigs
Will Chod Rigs ever blow?
Big opinions by key anglers on major events happening within carp fishing right now
21/02/2017
Rigs