Health + Safety
Line + Knots
Plumbing the Depth
Weights + Hooks
The Basic Whip
Whip fishing is really good for beginners and especially so for juniors and younger anglers. This style of fishing is
suitable for catching small silver fish (such as roach, perch and bleak). A basic whip is a telescopic rod, made from
carbon fibre, and ranges between 3-5 metres in length.
The Rig and Whip
The rig is attached to the whip by connecting it to the eye at the end of the whip. A fishing reel is not required. The
length of the rig when attached to the whip, should be no longer than the length of the whip. This is so that when
retrieving the rig it will come to your hand easily, enabling you to either unhook or re-bait your hook quickly.
There are two basic rigs required for whip fishing:
When fish are feeding on the bottom, a bulk rig style of shot should be used. This will enable your hook bait to drop quickly
to the bottom of the lake (figure 1).
If fish are feeding at varying depths, use a shirt button style shot. This will enable your hook bait to fall slowly through
the water, giving fish at different depths the opportunity of biting the hook bait (figure 2).
Making Your Own Whip Rig
To make your own whip rig, you will require the following equipment, which can be purchased, from your local tackle shop (figure 3).
- Fishing Line.
- Pole Float.
- Float Rubbers.
- Slip Shot.
- Pole Anchor.
- Pole Winder.
- Tie a loop in the end of your line.
- Attach loop to the end of the whip.
- Measure and cut line to the length of the whip (3-4 metres).
- Attach a suitable pole float to the line using float rubbers to secure the float. Attach split shot as required.
- Tie a loop in the end of your line and attach the hook using the loop to loop knot.
- Attach the hook carefully to the winder and wrap the rig around the winder.
- Detach the rig from the whip and finish off using a pole anchor.
- Ensure that the float sits in the deepest side of the winder.
- To attach the rig to the whip, detach the pole anchor from the winder and rig and attach a loop to the end of the whip.
- Carefully unwind the rig until the hook has been detached.
- Attach a plumb bob to the hook. This serves two purposes – one protects hook and fingers, and two, gets the rig ready for plumbing the depth.
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