by Duncan De Gruchy
During a week of day sessions Duncan de Gruchy has 20 indications, 20 carp runs and 20 carp including a new lake record. Here he reveals his secrets… and at the end of the article you can watch a video of Duncan in action.
HEAVY MAIN LINE
Flourocarbon mainline (pure flouro, not coated). The weight of the line laying slack along the bottom causes the bolt effect and gives you those screaming takes all anglers love. The lack of stretch increases sensitivity.
LIGHT LEADS AND RUNNING RIG
Use only enough lead to cast to the fish. Even when bait boating to distances beyond 100 yards you can still use a 1oz lead unless drift is a problem. It is not the weight of the lead that sets the hook, its the line. The running rig increases sensitivity, so you know when you are being ‘done’ and you can make adjustments accordingly.
Helps to kick the hooklink away from the lead thereby avoiding tangles.
Most invisible hooklink you can use but lack of stretch can make it hard to use for novices or anglers using stiff rods.
Increases sensitivity (opposite to what people think) no back leads required, fewer liners and even if fish do bump into your line they will not spook as they will think it’s is weed or bottom debris.
Have it set so it’s difficult to pull off the reel (but not too tight as the takes on this set up can be violent!). This helps set the hook.
Out of fashion these days but helps to set the hook.
No volume, just use the remote. The sound of alarms going off can spook fish (I believe). Only good if you have a remote facility obviously.
Supple hair is hugely beneficial. Makes the hook turn easier and the bait behaves more naturally. In most cases, you want a minimum gap of 15mm between the top of the bait and hook shank. This makes the hook turn and gives you those nice hookholds, 1″ inside the middle of the bottom lip. If I’m being done this is the first thing I will adjust.
- 16lb Tigerline flourocarbon main line.
- 1 to 1.5oz Korda square pear swivel leads (swivels cut off)
- Enterprise Tackle snag safe running lead clips.
- ESP helicopter sleeve
- Korum quick link swivel
- ESP rig boom (long)
- ESP Ghost 12lb flourocarbon (better to go up to 15lb for novices)
- 22lb Dynon braid (for the combi link)
- Size 5 ESP curveshank hooks
- Korda ring (small)
- ESP shank stop
- Kryston Samson hair braid