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Rig Basics and Perch Rocket Science at the Congo and Beyond

PART 1:
Rig Basics

🤔Hey, Musette. Why are you doing a tutorial on Rigs? Why bother when there are so many other less complicated methods of fishing?

For the same reason I started my carp diary back in the summer of 2020. Groundbait mixing was misunderstood and the people who actually knew how to create mixes for 40kg carp were often harassed by those who didn't know how to mix groundbait. Now the field of groundbait has become so refined that we have mad scientists who create groundbait that break the 50kg barrier in Germany and are close to breaking 50kg in UK.

Groundbait mixing is a heck of a lot more complicated than than rigging. If this mad scientist can conjure monster carp effortlessly with groundbait, surely I can crush rigging.

Besides, rigging is such a sexy, SEXY angling beast.

The method behind rigging is all about slow, tantalizing seduction. Bass, trout, perch, catfish and predator fish are captivated by the alluring slither and scamper of prey kicking-up bottom debris and leaping up and down through silt clouds and vegetation.

Essentially, you are coaxing the fishing AI to generate a fish that will continue to follow the lure and strike at it multiple times up to and even under your boat. Phenomenally, rig fishing defeats the 12-13 meter distance nerf where the fishing AI will either send a BOLT command to a following fish or a CEASE fish generation command when the lure is too close to the angler.

Furthermore, perfect rig presentation means that the first perch to attack will often be the school leader, a unique that matches the range size of your offset hook and range size of your softbait and color in relation to peak time and environmental conditions.

Rigging is so deliciously wicked. If you know where to fish and how often the uniques and trophies are generated, you can fill a 700kg keepnet in less than 30 minutes through rigging alone.

With lighter tackle, rigging has the force to summon uniques all over Fishing Planet with the right softbait lure.

RIG STIMULI

  1. Visual disturbance by kicking-up bottom debris through scampering;
  2. Visual disturbance by rustling vegetation;
  3. Visual slithering movement that mimics larva, worms and tiny eels;
  4. Visual leaping movement that mimics decapods, larva, injured fish;
  5. Visual pop of color;
  6. Visual shape of soft bait;
  7. Sound clicking that mimics the snapping of decapods claws.

RIG RETRIEVALS

  1. Full Sweep
  2. Side Sweep
  3. Combined Sweep

A vertical twitch adds more kinetic energy to lift a tethered lure on a long leader, up above vegetation if fishing in tall grass for bass while sweeping. Sweeping deploys mostly stop and go or slow straight retrieval from side to side sweeping to produce scampering movement that disturbs silt and vegetation.

While you can just use stop&go, twitch or straight retrievals, you are not focusing the full power of the force without the sweep, young Jedi.
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PRESENTATIONS
3-Way Rig:

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3-Way Rig shines in silty river bottoms as it is designed to scamper and kick-up a lot of silt through it's use of dangling drop sinkers.  The drop sinkers kick-up more silt than bullet sinker assemblies to create a robust visual disturbance while the leaping lure entices the perch to strike multiple times. Perch will follow the lure right up to the boat where it gets it's most lift.

While glass beads can be attached to the 3-way to provide flash and sound, the FP packaging for 3-Way does not include beads. This assembly puts a high value on the large silt cloud presentation which mimic a stampede of scampering, panicking critters like shrimp, crayfish, prawns and scared minnows.

This is my favorite rig for perch and catfish because I can control when to set the hook as perch attack can begin as the assembly glides to the bottom all the way to under my boat.

Carolina Rig:
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Carolina Rig shines in tall vegetation lake and river bottoms and can hit all 7 attraction stimuli. The front loaded bullet sinker allows for the angler to slither the rig assembly on the bottom through grassy vegetation with short sweeping motion and jerks to lift the lure above the vegetation. The bullet sinkers kick-up a small cloud of bottom debris to create a visual disturbance while the leaping lure entices the perch to strike multiple times.  Perch will follow the lure right up to the boat where it gets it's most lift.

It's designed to make sound to further draw attention to the lure. A clicking sound is achieved through bouncing on the lake floor while a bullet sinker clacks against a glass bead.

This assembly mimics slithering critters like larva, worms, and eels in addition to jumping critters like shrimp, crayfish, prawns and scared minnows. It also mimics the sound of crustaceans clicking their claws.

Fish attack on this assembly midway and closer to the angler.

Texas Rig:
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Texas Rig is versatile and hits all 7 attraction stimuli. It is capable of both slithering through vegetation and scampering through silt with it's back loaded bullet sinker. It's designed to make sound. The bullet sinkers kick-up a small cloud of bottom debris to create a visual disturbance while the leaping lure entices the perch to strike multiple times.  Perch will follow the lure right up to the boat where it gets it's most lift.

It's designed to make sound to further draw attention to the lure. A clicking sound is achieved through bouncing on the lake floor while a bullet sinker clacks against a glass bead.

This assembly mimics slithering critters like larva, worms, and eels in addition to jumping critters like shrimp, crayfish, prawns and scared minnows. It also mimics the sound of crustaceans clicking their claws.

Fish attack on this assembly midway and closer to the angler.

RESEARCH DATA:
Perch School Sampling Data:

 

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PART 2:
3-Way Rigging and Perch Rocket Science in the Congo

For my first video, I'm going to demonstrate how to land (and launch!) those huge Nile Perch using a 3-Way rig.

Note:
If you are a carper, you do almost all your fishing in metric because groundbait mixing reasons. Apologies in advance if your mind is wired in imperial units. Jedi don't do imperial units.

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Included in this video are:
📌How to set-up the complete tackle from Tropicana 220 casting rod to rig assembly.
📌Pro-tip on river bottom terrain surveying
📌Three retrieval methods:
  •  FULL SWEEP
  •  SIDE SWEEP
  •  COMBINED SWEEP
📌2x Nile Perch Schools with a total of 2x Uniques and 2x Trophies
📌Bonus new Perch Rocketry Sport!
 
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Prior to level 80, you want to get the most powerful casting rod available, the Tropicana 220, Bailina 8000 casting reel, 40kg test braid, Titanium Leader 41.5kg test 0.48 at length .5 meters.

The 40kg test 3-Way Rig is available early on for free by completing the Congo River Catfish Trial. Otherwise, you will need to wait till you are level 77 to purchase the 40kg test 3-Way with with 450 in cash.

There are 3 different types of rigs. The Carolina, The Texas, and The 3-Way. I will be demonstrating the 3-Way in this video. I'll put together clips catching Unique Perch with the Carolina, Texas and 3-Way in my next video using a more advanced spinning set-up and show you how to balance the different rig assemblies to achieve perfect presentation.

Once you attach your 3-way rig to the leader, you need to balance this set-up with 2x 56 gram drop sinkers. The sinkers come in packages of two. Use both sinkers because Fishing Planet is using Jedi math. Any other weight combination will throw off the action of the 3-Way Rig. Too little weight and the rig will tend to float more than drag the bottom and kick up silt. Too much dead weight, and you will have problems getting the lure to leap.

Use a #11/0 or higher offset hook. Use a 15 cm shad as soft bait. The glow shad works both day and night in the Congo but works best at night.

  •  Ribbed Blue is best during the day
  •  Ribbed Pink during the evening and
  •  Glow Shad at night.

Think of the 3-Way presentation as having a similar walking action on the floor of the river,
as does a walker on the surface of the river.

The 3-Way scampers across the bottom of the river bed kicking-up silt and disturbing bottom predators in the process. Meanwhile, the softbait bounces up over the silt to entice predators into attacking that tasty pop of colorful bait. This mimics the scampering of panicking decapods.

Let's motor on over to the southern fishing buoy.

There are 2 perch schools in casting distance of the buoy.

I'm anchored over school 2 and will be casting about 40 meters out toward school 1 which swim around the area between those 2 markers in the distance.

You can do rigging unanchored to cut down on some reeling time but repositioning the boat can get tedious. Also, the kinetic energy of reeling and river current, tends to make it a bit more difficult to control presentation as you drift away from the bouy.

With rig fishing, you want to know if the river floor bottom is clear of debris that will snag the rig and also if there is bottom vegetation or silt. If the bottom has lots of vegetation, you want a more jerk intensive slither presentation. A Carolina or Texas rig is great for slithering through vegetation. If the river floor is mostly silty, which this area of the Congo is, you want to use wider full sweep and side sweep presentations. I prefer 3-Way rigs for silty presentations because the design mechanics of the 3-Way causes more silt disturbance while sweeping. The silt disturbance tells lurking predators that a stampede of yummy critters is in the area.

I'm using a bottom rod to scan the surface of the river floor where the perch swim.  The floor in this part of the Congo river is silty with no vegetation. There are bumps and small dents along the floor to help bounce the softbait up and down.  The depth of the water is about 9 meters.  Always do this simple check by using a bottom or carp rod whenever fishing an area you are not familiar with. This simple test helps you triangulate spodding distance versus bottom rod distance if you are catfishing or carping. It also helps you adjust match rod leader length. But more importantly, It helps you decide what kind of fishing method and retrieval to use when lure fishing.

According to the bottom rod scan, depth is 9 meters near the markers. If you check the sonar display near your feet, the depth is at 7 meters. This means that you will have a little bit of resistance dragging the rig toward you as the river current rushes toward the water fall ahead. You will need to weight your rig according to the weight load of your rod versus water depth, and strength of the current. For the Tropicana 220 casting rod versus Congo river dynamics, 2x 56 gram drop sinkers have just the right balance to keep the rig on the bottom kicking-up silt while the lure bounces. Anything lighter will cause the whole assembly to have too much lift. Anything heavier will turn assembly into dead weight. It takes a little bit of experimentation to properly weight your rig assembly for perfect presentation under different conditions and rods.

Perfect presentation, aside from my detailed dissertation in rig dynamics means that the fishing AI generates a fish that will continue to follow the lure and strike at it multiple times up to and even under your boat. This is phenomenal as rig fishing defeats the 12-13 meter distance nerf where the fishing AI will either send a bolt command to a following fish or a cease generating a fish command when the assembly is close to the angler.

Perfect rig presentation also means that the first fish will often be the leader of the school, a unique that matches the range size of your offset hook and range size of your softbait and color in relation to time and environmental conditions. While I did choose a #11/0 offset hook because this is the largest offset hook a fresh level 75 visitor to the Congo can obtain, I have fun science motives for the #11/0 offset.

However, the reason I have come to absolutely love perch fishing in the Congo is NOT to catch the biggest unique. I want a particular trophy and unique range size to for rocket science reasons! You'll have to watch the video to see it to believe it. But, if leaderboarding the Congo is your thing, go ahead and use larger hooks.

Happiness is combining both rocketry with fishing dynamics. Play Fishing Planet the way that makes you happiest. Sometimes it's all about the science. Sometimes it's all about variety and exploration. Sometimes it's about hamming the leaderboards. Sometimes it's about competing with each other. Sometimes it's about free styling what floats your boat the most.
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Enjoy the video.

More rigging videos to come:

  • All 3 Rigs and Set-Up to Hunt Unique Nile Perch
  • Rig Fast Farm (Full 620-700kg Keepnet in less than 30 minutes)
  • Rigging Uniques All Over Fishing Planet and Light Weight Set-ups
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Musette, I posted on youtube, but is worth repeating again.  Your video is one of the best seen in my 4 years of fishing planet. Just so professional.  I also like your information on the rigs because I am clueless to that technique.  Most my fishing was trolling 15 rods out on lake Erie, USA for Walleye or Lake Ontario for Chinook salmon.  If this is your 1st video, I hope it is not your last. Thanks again, Dtale1 on the lake. 

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Great tutorial and video Musette. Over the years I've development and tested many retrieve techniques. From all the different Sweeping Techiniques you described, the 3 Speed Burn and Turn, Shadow Casting Twitch, The Jerk & Lurk and many more lol. But I must say, that I have never given Rig Fishing much of a thought. In real life, I'm a Large Mouth Bass kinda guy, and use the Texas and Carolina Rigs guite often. I figured Rig Fishing was just a gimmick from Fishing Planet to entice peeps to spend money on such, and that it would have no effect on the overall fishing experience. But it looks as though I may have been mistaken lol. I intend to give this Rig Fishing my upmost attention over the next several days and combine it with a few of my own retrieve techniques. Once again, great tutorial.

 

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Shortly after my first Congo rigging video went live, the developers discovered an undocumented rigging feature that has been in existence for some years but can still be found in the Jedi backwoods known as The Fisherman. So for those of you on The Fisherman, this rigging update does not apply to the backwoods.

I cover that deleted rig feature in the above video while showing everyone how to equip an updated 3-Way Rig with the newest and heaviest spinning rod in game, the NileChasseur 200 on oversized Chinook Salmon in Kaniq Creek, Alaska.

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While 1 sinker is all that is needed for any of the rigs now, the 3-Way Rig is sadly soundless while the other two rigs have red glass clacker beads which the sinkers strike to make claw clacking noises that mimic crayfish and crab claws. However, the updated 3-Way is still just as powerful with a single sinker and tends to out perform the other two rigs on specific types of fish like perch, salmon and bass. This makes me wonder if the clacking noise is programmed into the other two rigs as clacking helps draw and maintain attention to the rig. Or perhaps, all three rig types were meant to be auditory stimulators?

I'm assuming the fishing AI is programmed to simulate fish auditory receptors because there are other lure types that are designed to make noise like buzzbaits and poppers. The other two rigs should be out performing the 3-Way with that extra dimension of stimulating fish auditory receptors, especially in areas with lots of vegetation or very little silt. While 3-Way Rigs do  get snagged  in vegetation and obstructions a little more than the other two rigs, 3-Way still out performs them. I'm still going around the planet testing the three rig types with different softbaits on both Fishing Planet and The Fisherman. Those of us with the mad scientist mindset love to test every facet of a new toy even if it's been around for years.

Meanwhile, I apologize for the short howto video. I know I sound excited that I landed an oversized Chinook Salmon in 55 seconds, but I was also disappointed because the way I assembled the updated rig was a little too optimal.  This was not the best way to demonstrate rig retrieval. An oversized unique Chinook attacked the rig before I could demonstrate retrieval. The salmon attacked the rig in 8 seconds of the rig hitting the water. Four of those seconds was the rig slowly gliding to the bottom of the creek. I could only pull off half a side sweep as the salmon gulped the lure just as I reeled in the slack. I didn't even realize I caught an oversized Chinook uni because I haven't fished Alaska with overpowered gear before. Rigging works the same way on The Fisherman in Alaska, but the assembly needs to be weighted down a little more because the current is a little faster.

I'll need to try this again on a slightly less optimal setting or deeper water to demonstrate the retrieval methods.

In the video, you see me survey the creek with a bottom rod and a match float rod.  The float test is to see the strength of the water flow to get an idea of sinker weight and the direction of flow. For fast water flow, side sweep in the opposite direction of the water flow when you are perpendicular to the water flow. The messy, bumpy, rocky, small vegetation and silt bottom of the creek, along with the fast current and balanced weight of the rig allow for more a more robust kinetic bottom presentation. A heavier weight, still water or smooth creek bottom applies less kinetic energy for the rig to react to.

So, until then, if you need to learn more about rig retrieval methods, just reference the first video in the previous post.

But if you want to use rigging in Salmon competitions, I guess this is a good way to go about it at level 80. At level 70, you can use a Tropicana 220 casting rod if your competition allows casting rods. Otherwise, a Thetis 250 spin rod works well at long casting distance and is a little more powerful then a Rivertex Zeus 270. Choose a rod based on competition rules and the strongest lines and leaders you can get at your level.

I don't do competitions anymore on Fishing Planet because of unstable bandwidth issues with the local ISP. I do some competition testing on The Fisherman because there is less bandwidth traffic there due to a low population. Below level 70, it still takes awhile to reel in an oversized Chinook uni unless you entice the salmon to your feet. Rigging currently allows you to entice fish to within 4 to 5 meters of line distance on both Fishing Planet and The Fisherman--enough to auto reel the fish in. Auto reel might not be favorable because some people gauge monster competition fish by observing the tackle load indicator for probable unique size and let the small uniques escape through line slack.

 

Disclaimer about Musette's Lily Pad Channel:
 

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Apologies in advance to the kind people who subscribe to my YouTube channel. You are going to have to endure a few cute froggy videos because my channel started as a pet and herpetology channel to share a few videos with my exotic pet groups. However, my frogs now wear handmade Fishing Planet hats to protect them from @jimkaf using them as catfish bait. Jim<3  knows it's bad juju to use other Fishing Planet anglers as bait.

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Once I get  camera boom hardware, I may share a few Japanese American sushi videos for the FP foodies. I'm also thinking about lure making videos that look like real FP shopware for the hardcore FP bait enthusiasts like the gentleman for Yorkshire, KCE, who was at the forefront of professional carp groundbait development and fish lure technology in the UK for decades. KCE now spends his retirement years as part of my multinational groundbait mad scientist mafia on Fishing Planet and The Fisherman. Yes, some of us do have mad fun goofing around Fishing Planet no matter how old, young, professional, amateur or nerdy.

Just remember, my channel is for fun and information. Musette's Lily Pad is not professional or monetized or planning to be anything but a fun side hobby. I'm still learning how to use the cheap, outdated video and animation apps I got from Steam last year. Yeah, took me a whole year to figureout how to capture game video without crashing.

 

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On 12/28/2021 at 8:06 AM, J.Mitchell WV said:

Great tutorial and video Musette. Over the years I've development and tested many retrieve techniques. From all the different Sweeping Techiniques you described, the 3 Speed Burn and Turn, Shadow Casting Twitch, The Jerk & Lurk and many more lol. But I must say, that I have never given Rig Fishing much of a thought. In real life, I'm a Large Mouth Bass kinda guy, and use the Texas and Carolina Rigs guite often. I figured Rig Fishing was just a gimmick from Fishing Planet to entice peeps to spend money on such, and that it would have no effect on the overall fishing experience. But it looks as though I may have been mistaken lol. I intend to give this Rig Fishing my upmost attention over the next several days and combine it with a few of my own retrieve techniques. Once again, great tutorial.

 

Thank you for your kind words, sir. 3-Way has been outperforming Texas and Carolina just about everywhere until you get to areas like Blue Crab Island where buzzbaits are popular.  3-Way works best with the sweeping methods, but I want to try the other methods on Texas and Carolina next.

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And just when I thought 3 Way Rigging was the best way to speed run a 700kg creel in under 30 minutes...My little buddy Haggis came along to prove me wrong by helping with the Texas Rig demo. You just need the position of 3 or 4 Nile Perch schools to fill a 700kg past capacity in under 20 minutes. The most time consuming part of fishing this way is boating to each spot. This should also work with Carolina Rig as they are both maxed at 1 meter in length and are like mirror images of each other. I'll do a demo on Carolina on another species of fish in a terrain where it is more suited in real like so I can better explain the difference of each rig type. While the diehard gamers are only interested in meta strategies to get there big and fast, there are also pro fishers that appreciate learning what makes the world go round. Yes, there be memes!
 

The sweeping dance method does not need to ding 3 marks on Stop&Go/Straight. It just needs to have consistent rhythm. I use mostly Stop&Go which occasionally transitions back and forth into Straight. As the lure gets closer to the boat, I lower the width of each swing and speed to dance the fish as close to the boat or shore as possible. Twitch and drop are a bit harder to control with sweeping. My VR saber skill is too low to consistently do sweep with Twitch/LiftDrop.

I'm in the process of learning how to do sweep with spoons, jigs and other lure types. Sweeping covers a wider area and tends to stimulate the generation of uniques and trophies when done with precision. I think the fishing engine just enjoys watching us dance. It's as if the development team had VR mechanics in mind by making sweep so powerful with Stop&Go retrieval. So, yeah, you can play Fishing Planet and The Fisherman like a VR game without the VR gear. Just add your own background music to keep pace and dance like no one's looking.
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Another reason I think sweeping is crushing certain predator fish mechanics is that ambush predators don't necessarily have the best eye coordination. I'm impressed that the fishing AI mimics ambush predator mechanics well, including the clumsiness.  While ambush predator vision is quite good and they can track you from a distance, they simply aren't programmed to pounce unless their prey is moving or creating a disturbance on soil or in water. They may also have poor distance coordination without other sensory stimuli present.  My exotic frogs taught me this. In the Texas Rig video, you can see Haggis open her big mouth and lunge forward, but still miss the 1st silver slide minnow in front of her. She knows food is present and will continue to look for movement. I don't dare stick my hand in her space until after she is fully fed. Adult pacman frogs have the teeth and strength of a bear trap. I use a 35cm bamboo tong to wave her food in front of her. She is 90% bear trap mouth with legs. Haggis distanced the next minnows with frightening accuracy like a bass on the prowl as you can see in the official Fishing Planet clip right after Haggis gobbles a minnow and disses oligarchs. (Did I mention memes are included?)

I do not know why sweeping is extremely powerful with rigging with it's ability to generate unis and trophies to attack first. The more skilled you are with sweeping, the more consistent you get with pulling the uni from it's school. The only explanation I can think of is that rigging mechanics appeals to several fish receptor simulators at once and covers a wider area than any other fishing method, including spodding.    Rig sweeping is incredibly powerful on Nile Perch and oversized unique Chinook Salmon. If carp responded to rigging in game like they do in real life, I could my get my distinguished carping bros to dance.

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I did do a quick demo with sweep method on topwater lures found in the St. Patricks "Kick the Snake" event. Sweep works surprising well with topwater and can be used with all the lures in the event at different depths depending on the lure type: bottom floor, mid depth, topwater. Sweeping with other lure types adds more horizontal area to attract fish to quick strike.
 

 

Musette, aren't you full of BS?
Of course I am full of Bull Shark!
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Did I mention the game's bull sharks are dialed into rigging mechanics too? However, it takes skill and unanchored dancing to swim the trophy sharks up to the boat with a Texas or Carolina rig. Swimming a 180kg-200kg trophy shark up to your boat triggers the telescopic effect of instant reel when they quick strike the rig. Swimming trophy sharks to your boat is the only way to successfully reel-in a trophy shark on a spinning (Nile Chasseur) or casting (Tropicana) rod. Rigging leaders are fluorocarbon. The shark's sharp teeth will cut through the fluorocarbon rig when the line hits max load on trophy sharks.

The instant reel-in effect only works with Texas and Carolina rigs because the leader length needs to be 1 meter. Whilst a 3 Way rig leader is listed as 1 meter long, it is actually half the length of a Texas or Carolina rig because it is split into a plomb line for a drop sinker and a jig line for softbait. A long 1 meter leader is needed for the telescopic instant reel effect to kick in. A 1 meter leader folded in half like the Texas rig is .5 meters.

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When the telescopic reel-in effect triggers on your spinning or casting rod, before the fish's fight and flight animation reflex triggers in a trophy shark or unique Nile Perch, these heavy beasts won't have the opportunity to engage in those 15-to-100 minute lengthy battles. (See the previous post's video of how the automatic telescopic reel-in effects defeats the fight and flight animation from kicking-in on a Nile Perch.) Rigging and sweeping still allows for attracting fish up to your feet. Sometimes, you might not know a predator is still trailing your rig and may even get a fish to jump out of water as you reel-in the rig below your feet. I have had instances of fish actually jumping out of water and swallowing the lure with quick strike.

If you can land a trophy shark with a fluorocarbon rig, you have mastered the art of rigging ingame. If you can't land a trophy bull shark with a 44kg test Texas or Carolina rig, ask the devs to make Titanium rigs when they are able to.

Not all predator fish or waterways have the ambush predator mechanic active for rigging. However, ALL Bass Masters take exquisite glee in swimming their rigs and jigs within visual distance and watching the bass lunge with quick strike. Thus, rig mechanics is a very powerful tool to lure game fish and real pro fishers. The devs know quick strike is sexy because it's their signature visual ad on all platforms from Steam to Xbox.
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(Bass jumping out of the water after quick strike animation occurs)

FYeio6r.png%20 Sheesh, this rigging topic really is going beyond the Congo and keeping me from carping.

Shout out to Dtale1 and many others for encouraging me to produce more videos. Thank you for your patience.

Shout out to KCE and fellow carpers, will get back to carping as soon as the St. Patricks event is over. Bros, my rl style is colorful beanies, berets and tiny hats...the St. Paddy's event has new hats for Musette! You lost me temporarily to boho chic fashion...

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Thanks for the great and informative video!  For the 3-way, for some reason, I am only able to equip one drop sinker instead of two.  (I'm on the XBOX/PC).  When I click to try to put on the second sinker, it just did a switch-around and doesn't allow me to do so.   Anyway, the sweep action work really well for both Perch and Catfish.

For the 3-way, I did notice that you have to have extremely fast reflex as the fish quick strikes and pulls really fast and you need to have very good timing the pull and reel in immediately when your bite meter lights up.  This can be really difficult and I only have around a 25% success rate of catching the fish.  I am not sure if this is because of the hook size, reel speed, or just my poor spinning skills, or all of the above.

For the Texas, the bite meter will light up much slower, but when you pull on it to reel it in, you will more often lose the fish.  Again, not sure if it has something to do with it being more of a gliding action and the reason I lose the fish is the hook size, reel speed, or just my bad spinning skills.

After playing the game for so long, I admit my spinning/casting skills still need a lot of improvement.  I am hoping some of the Pros can put out a guide to explain the best way to not only spin, but actually reeling in the fish.   I am hoping that someone can explain:

For Topwater, after the fish bites, why sometimes the fish escapes when you try to reel it in.   Should I let the lure go down for a second before reeling it, or reeling in immediately when they bite or somewhere in between?

For Spinning, why sometimes the fish pull really hard and then escapes when Twitching (Bite meter lights up really fast and then it's gone).  For Stop and Go, you see the fish bites the hook lightly (small bar in the meter), but they escape when you try to reel it in, etc.

Maybe an illustration of what is happening between the fish and hook and/or ways to increase success of reeling in the fish would help a lot.

 

 

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To add to this amazing tip, the Sweep Method with Texas Rig and #11/0 or #10/0 Offset hooks also worked for Unique Piraiba and Unique Arapaima. 

They put up nearly no fight at and I caught both of them within like 5 minutes (3 or 4 attempts) during peak/semi-peak period.

Location-wise, for the Piraiba and Bull Shark, try the popular spot in the lower left corner of the map (Coordinates: (-73, -728). 

For the Arapaima, try to Arapaima pool at the lower middle part of the map. (Coordinates: 83, -424)

So easy and so awesome!

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