Leger Rig

Legering is a versatile and productive method of Pike Angling. Legering for Pike offers versatility in its ability to be used on rivers, lakes and drains, so basically anywhere. Other reasons for use, can be weather conditions, fishing at distance and deeper venues where floats and lighter rigs are not practical.

When legering for Pike, an important aspect of the rig is to achieve zero to minimal resistance when the Pike has picked up the bait. Eliminating resistance helps in preventing the pike from being spooked and dropping the bait during a run. Preventing resistance is achieved in a number of ways, this includes using large leger rings to enable the line to flow freely at the start of the run, a heavy gripper lead to hold fast to the bottom preventing any movement/dragging of the weight during the run and finally fishing with an open spool to again enable the line to flow freely at the point of pick up and run.


In addition to resistance the next area of importance is immediate bite indication. Bite indication is important for two reasons, the first and most obvious, is to know when to strike, the second and more important side of bite indication is to prevent deep hooking of the Pike. Deep hooking has to be prevented as this is can be a killer, due to the damage and stress that can be inflicted on the Pike during the retrieval of the hooks from the gullet area. Immediate bite indication is achieved by ensuring that the line is reeled tight to the leger bomb, this means that a soon as the bait is picked up the tension release will cause the bite indication kit such as alarms to sound and backdroppers to move and the Angler in turn can strike immediately, hooking the Pike in the mouth area, enabling the Pike to be unhooked quickly and safely at the bank.



Popping up dead baits is an option available to improve the visual presention of the dead bait by lifting it from the botton using poly balls or wooden floation sticks. There are many variations on the theme, the three shown in the graphic are probably the most common. The first option shown below is simply a case of threading poly balls on to a length of line or trace wire. Then using a bait needle thread the line through the mouth of the bait to the tail. Then thread and tie the line through the hook eye or run a split ring or clip through the hook eye this way loop can be tied in the line, the line can then be threaded or clipped on and off easily for changing or replacing baits.


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