It is my second season on a 20+ acre lake that is silty and only has a maximum depth of 4 feet. As the majority of fish are caught between 70 and 100 yards it is necessary to use a 3oz lead, which invariable plugs deep into the silt. The majority of the anglers on the lake, use either helicopter rigs or long hook lengths to prevent the hook bait disappearing into the silt. I wanted to do something different. Last year I used PVA bags, this overcame the problem of the lead and hook bait being masked by silt. I caught fish, but was not completely happy with my results. This year I decided to try something different. I wanted to use my usual set up as shown, but stop the lead plugging.
What I did was make some 3 oz leads and hammer them flat to increase the surface area. I then coated the lead. This worked brilliantly. I can cast them up to 100 yards and the lead rests on top of the silt providing that I clip up. My results have improved greatly. Since I started using this method at the beginning of June I have caught 17 carp, only having one blank session. Flat leads are available commercially, but mine are thinner and have a bigger surface area. All fish were caught on HG42, what else!