Bolt-rigs are the go-to tactic for the majority of Canadian carp anglers — and they catch lots of big fish under a wide range of conditions.

Bolt-rigs are a tactical form of ledgering — basically, still-fishing on the bottom. These presentations use a heavy lead weight, or feeder device, set up either fixed or free-sliding with the rod pointed at the hook bait which is fished on a tight line. They are called 'bolt-rigs' as they tend to cause a carp to hook itself when it picks up the bait and bolt off on a spectacular run with no need to set the hook.

Here, we'll look at when and why to use bolt-rigs. We'll consider key gear and how to put it all together — including end-tackle options to tailor your rig to the moods of the fish and specific conditions.