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Tested by Dave Coster

 

DINSMORES

£2.99
Dinsmores Syndicate Rigs 1-15 offer wide-ranging carp tackles from light (0.12 mm traces and size 16 hooks) to heavy-duty (0.16 mm traces and size 12 hooks). These are built on various float designs and shotting capacities. Two rigs picked at random dotted down perfectly in water, although none tallied with the shotting arrangements on their packaging! Instead of bulks and various dropper shot set-ups, the rigs had simple strung bulks and the floats only featured two anchoring rubbers.
SCORE: 25/30




AVANTI


£1.99 or 10 rigs for £10
Range includes Carp Big Bait, Carp Deep, Carp Shallow and Carp Edge. A Carp Big Bait rig featured a body-down 4×16 Forli float with a long sight tip and carbon stem. This comprised 6 lb main line, a 5 lb hook length and strong size 12 barbless hook. There was a strung bulk of micro shot and three smaller dropper shot spread out below. These rigs were nicely made but of the two tank tested, both required several extra shot to dot the floats down, plus another rubber on the float stems to prevent slippage.
SCORE: 26/30






MAP

£2.99
Rigs received included Paste, Meat/Corn and Shallow. Concentrating on the Paste and Meat/Corn rigs, these both featured floats with super bright hollow plastic tips. They were set up with olivette bulks and one telltale shot. These rigs dotted down perfectly in a tank and the floats were properly anchored with three pieces of silicone tubing on their carbon stems. The only disappointment was the olivettes being anchored with single shot each side, so they were prone to slipping. Line strengths and hooks were spot on.
SCORE: 26/30




BROWNING

£1.99
Barbless rigs aimed at commercial fisheries include Margin Carp, Bag-Up Carp, No. 2 Carp and No. 5 Carp. These feature strong breaking strains, good hook size and float options, along with a nice span of shotting capacities. Selecting a No.2 rig at random revealed a simple bulk of micro shot on 0.16 mm main line, with a short shot free 0.14 mm trace and size 14 wide gape hook. The tough 4×12 streamlined float dotted down perfectly, as did a more bulbous No.5 heavy-duty float rig with a strung bulk.
SCORE: 28/30




PRESTON INNOVATIONS

£2.99
Barbless carp rigs in the Colours range include Gold (light), Orange and White (medium) and Yellow (heavy-duty). These are made up using popular Preston floats with well-gauged main lines, hook lengths and hook patterns/sizes. There’s a good choice of capacities with these super rigs, which tally exactly with the advanced rig diagrams on their packaging. You get bulks of bigger shot (together or slightly strung) along with smaller, well-spaced droppers. One float was slightly over-shotted.
SCORE: 28/30




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DRENNAN

£3.15
Drennan Carp rigs run from 1 to 7 with various shotting capacity options, line strengths, float designs and hook sizes to choose from. Selecting a popular Carp 1 0.5 gr float with its cane tip and fibreglass stem, revealed a slightly strung bulk and two dropper shot that dotted down perfectly in a tank. A thicker plastic tipped Carp 7 float and olivette rig did the same. Attention to detail was superb in both cases, these rigs being precision formed, while the packaging clearly tells you all you need to know.
SCORE: 29/30

NOTE: All products tested April 2009. All prices correct at the time of going to Press. Angler’s Mail do not take responsibility for price or product changes or current availability.