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   Old Thread  #10 2 Oct 2020 at 5.00pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Well, Clay is usually pretty firm so if it's a clear and clay bottom a bottom bait would suffice (to me) for starters.
Everything else depends on how paranoid you are re-rig camouflage.
What color is the Clay (there are several possible types)?
You WILL find a braided hook link to match the Grey and Reddy/Brown varieties amongst the Sufix range.
I know as I own them although the names escape me at the quick.
But then again you won't get better-camouflaged hook links than one made from mono or Fluorocarbon?
As for lead arrangements, each to their own but to me less is more and even more unobtrusive is a simple running lead on your mainline rather than a bloomin' great lead clip and semi-fixed lead.
Again it all depends on how clear the water is and how paranoid you are re-rig camouflage .....
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   Old Thread  #9 28 Sept 2020 at 9.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Most rigs on clay will be decent, nuisance fish and firmness of the clay is what Id arrange the rig to combat or utilise etc.... As for the lead plugging in are you tethering the cast and feeling the lead down, 🤷🏻‍♂️...
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   Old Thread  #8 22 Sept 2020 at 7.39pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Thanks scottbrown, will look forward to it!
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   Old Thread  #7 22 Sept 2020 at 5.08pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I'll show you on said Lake
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   Old Thread  #6 22 Sept 2020 at 4.57pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Cheers all for the replies, definitely a few tips there to use!
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   Old Thread  #5 21 Sept 2020 at 10.37am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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If there's not much in the way of nuisance fish then sweetcorn would be my first choice, if there is then maize.
You could always use a lighter in-line lead.
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   Old Thread  #4 21 Sept 2020 at 6.47am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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heli set up, fish the bead 6 inches up the leader so it can settle.

wouldn't worry about the lead plugging in the clay, id look at it that it only aids in hooking the fish as its added resistance to move the lead.

PVA foam on the hook just to be sure, slip D with a wafter.
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   Old Thread  #3 20 Sept 2020 at 9.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Put some foam on the hook and pull the lead out as soon as it lands just move it enough to straighten the rig out don't move it off the baited area.
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   Old Thread  #2 20 Sept 2020 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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How about a helicopter set up with a slip d rig of about 8-10 inches
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   Old Thread  #1 20 Sept 2020 at 7.47pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Good evening!

I've recently started fishing a small lake with a clay bottom which is 6-8ft deep and I'm unsure how to approach it rig and bait wise.

I've been using an 2.5oz inline pear lead which is plugging in the clay and takes a bit of pulling to 'pop' it out before reeling in. Hooklink is around 8 inches.

Is the inline pear lead ok or would you recommend another way to go?

Also I'm unsure if I'm using the correct length rig, could you point me in the right direction regarding this?

Which works best over clay - bottom bait, pop up or wafter?

Thanks!!
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