How to Create a Bent Hook Rig

Updated November 21, 2016

Rigging a line and hook when fishing for carp is often a matter of preference. Anglers use many different rigs and resulting methods of presentation when fishing for carp. A bent hook rig is a long standing favourite of many anglers. The purpose of a bent hook rig is to put the point at which the fishing line connects to the hook in alignment with the hook point. An update to the bent hook rig is effective, safe and easier to assemble.

Attach 1 inch rubber band to the shank of a size 16 carp hook. Fold equal sides of the rubber band around the hook shank to form a loop on either side. Insert one loop through the other loop. Continue pulling to tighten the rubber band against the hook to form a rubber loop to hold carp bait suspended from the hook.

Cut a 1 foot length of monofilament fishing line from a filler spool to use as a leader.

Tie the carp hook to one end of the leader with a Palomar knot.

Cut a 2 inch length of heat-shrink tube with scissors. Form a small hole 1/2 inch from one end of the tube with a large needle.

Hold the heat-shrink tube vertically with the end that has the small hole positioned on top. Insert the leader extending from the hook through the bottom end of the heat-shrink tube. Feed the line up through the tube and out the small hole you made in the side with the needle.

Slide the heat-shrink tube down the line and over the knot and eye of the hook. Slide the tubing 1/2 inch past the knot.

Hold the rigged hook and heat-shrink tubing under warm running water to shrink the tube. Mold the tubing as it shrinks so the point at which the line exits the tubing lines up with the hook point.

Things You'll Need

  • Size 16 carp hook
  • 1 inch diameter rubber band
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Scissors
  • Heat-shrink tubing
  • Large needle
  • Warm water
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About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.