Thanks very much for those suggestions, it would be good to see it in action Rich so I might well take you up on your kind offer. In the meantime there are some things about the second picture in your post that I’m not sure about.
Do I need to use fluoro mainline to the inline swivel or will 8lb mono be ok? If mono is ok where would I put the anti tangle sleeve?
I can see why fluoro is needed from the inline swivel to the hook but is it also needed from the sliding barrel swivel to the weight (I see why a weak link would be good)?
Finally, what stops the livebait from swimming away giving false bites? Does the bobbin need to be heavy enough to stop that or do you just put up with it until a proper bite comes along (is that the reason for the long drop bobbin?)?
Sorry for the questions, I’ve seen JV44 use something similar and it does look very complicated when he winds in so I just need to understand what each bit of it does.
Andy_1984 – It’s a stretch of the Thames so I’ve no doubt pike will be present but from what I’ve seen in three trips ledgering lobworm and from what other members have said the chances of a pike are slim, perch are everywhere. I’ll be using a single hook without a trace, if I get bitten off then I’ll re-think.