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winter baitsUKcarp magazine 22 janUary 3rd 2012assembling a bore ring johnny mac rig how to use bore rings 1Press point against boilie and turn bait to screw it on to Bore Ring. 2Fully home, the ring forms an integral part of this simple rig. Tie an overhand loop in your coated braid hooklink material. Trim and blob the end with a lighter.1Pass hooklink free end through hook eye to create loop for Bore Ring to slide on.3Thread Bore Ring on to loop, then pass loop over your hookpoint.2The rig with my 'Scotchie' attached. Strip small section of coating behind eye and add a split shot.4my 10mm pop-ups to make my new hookbaits I hadn't got the bait I'd normally use down on Elphicks. So instead I used one of my carefully prepared special hookbaits, and yes, you've guessed it, I had a right hatful of fish. I've experimented loads along similar lines but to be honest everything has worked for me. I think it's the fact that the bait is something a bit different rather than it being the next wonder carp-catcher. The only thing that became really obvious was the need for a slightly short boiling time, so the outer breaks down relatively quickly. These baits got better results on runs waters, I found. The next thing was to come up with an easy presentation suited to the bait. It was at this point that my mate Nigel from Rig Marole sent me some Bore Rings. These are tiny rings with a pointed, threaded shaft. After mulling it over I created my version of a Johnny Mac rig, but with a Bore Ring instead of a standard ring. This wasn't because there was anything wrong with the original, it was just that my version now allowed me to screw the Bore Ring into my new baits. The thread went through the soft outer coating then anchored itself firmly into the pop-up heart - dead easy. This meant that I could change hookbaits after every cast in just seconds. These little gizmos are made of metal and counteract the buoyancy of the bait, so all I needed was a small split shot to balance it perfectly. And that was it really. Everything came together to allow me to fish these baits quickly and easily, with the added advantage that they caught fish. It was at this point that I told the editor, Broady, of my discovery and he mentioned he'd like to do a