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#11548422 - 04/17/16 01:37 PM Carolina rig
young gun 12 Offline
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Loc: Aubrey and Murphy TX
What power rod do you guys like for C-rig. Gonna get myself a designated c-rig set up but haven't thrown it before. Also, what line to do you use as the main line?
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#11548434 - 04/17/16 01:44 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
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Every answer you get will be different. But for me a 7' med/heavy rod with 40-50 lb braid, then mono leader. I use McCoys Mean Green 15lb leader so I can break it off if I get hung. If there is a lot of nasty cover I use 17lb McCoys. But you get hung with 17lb McCoys and its hard to break. I like the braid because I can feel every bite. You have to be careful because it don't stretch so a low, firm, sweeping hookset is you best bet. Good luck.
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#11548441 - 04/17/16 01:47 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Anchorman]
E5Zero Offline
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Originally Posted By: Anchorman
Every answer you get will be different. But for me a 7' med/heavy rod with 40-50 lb braid, then mono leader. I use McCoys Mean Green 15lb leader so I can break it off if I get hung. If there is a lot of nasty cover I use 17lb McCoys. But you get hung with 17lb McCoys and its hard to break. I like the braid because I can feel every bite. You have to be careful because it don't stretch so a low, firm, sweeping hookset is you best bet. Good luck.


I agree, I use the same but with 15lb Big Game. Plus with a tungsten weight and the braid you can feel everything.
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#11548508 - 04/17/16 02:18 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/13
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Loc: Longview, Tx
My designated pole is a Falcon Low Rider 7'MH. I use 20 lb flouroclear and 15 big game leader. I broke off 5 fish in one day setting the hook with braid, so I went back to the aforementioned setup and haven't had any issues since.

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#11548673 - 04/17/16 04:08 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
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Loc: San Antonio, Texas
G. Loomis GLX Jig & Worm

I use the 894C JWR for my Carolina Rigs. I like it because it's super sensitive and can easily feel a bite in 30 feet of water. It also has the perfect backbone and tip for a Carolina rig. Another thing that's great about the GLX 894C JWR is it balances well with any reel you put on there. Great rod for Carolina rigs!

Sunline Structure FC

I know it's expensive but trust me, if you fish offshore rock piles and other deep structure, you're really missing out by not using this line. It's the greatest line I've ever used for offshore fishing. This line is SUPER impact resistant. You can bang your bait off of rocks, timber, concrete, steel, whatever, and this line will not stretch, break, or even get a nick in it. You get superior knot strength with this line as well. I'm telling you, this line is super tough; but it's also easily manageable and doesn't kink up bad. Trust me and a get a few spools of this line. You won't regret it!
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#11548978 - 04/17/16 07:04 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
SteezMacQueen Offline
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I wouldn't buy a dedicated anything for anything unless you've tried it. I personally hate using a c rig. I very seldom do. I'm sure it's cost me a few places in a tourney once or twice.....but ONLY once or twice.
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#11549045 - 04/17/16 07:42 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
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Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
I like a 7'6 heavy or even 7'9. Always atleast 20lb fluorocarbon mainline

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#11549471 - 04/17/16 10:43 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
rowlettfisherman Offline
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I use a mike "Ike" 7'6" med heavy fast. 40lb braid to 15lb big game

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#11549508 - 04/17/16 11:10 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
Txmedic033 Offline
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Loc: Longview, Tx
I also want to add that Carolina rigs can be thrown shallow as well as deep. I have done very, very well throwing them on mid lake humps that were less than 3' of water. They make it easier to feel the bites in the wind since you can use a heavier weight and still have your bait weightless at the end of your leader.

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#11549524 - 04/17/16 11:21 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
Cmack Offline
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Registered: 10/14/04
Posts: 571
Loc: Onalaska,Tx
C-rig is one of my favorite techniques. G.Loomis BCR 875 GLX 50# Power Pro mainline, 15-25 pound P Line CXX leader. If I were buying new I'd go with an NRX in a 5 power but the GLX as served me well.
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#11549583 - 04/18/16 03:51 AM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
BarryH Offline
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Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
Originally Posted By: young gun 12
Gonna get myself a designated c-rig set up but haven't thrown it before.

Great idea but try this approach instead...

Take your longest, stiffest available rod and set up a Carolina rig with either braid or fluorocarbon main line and either mono or fluorocarbon leader. Try it. Get a feel for it. Try the other line options. THEN, when you have a feel for it, get yourself a designated c-rig set up.

You may discover that your c-rig rod can double-duty as a frog rod, a flipping rod, a jig rod or a tx-rig rod.

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#11549778 - 04/18/16 08:39 AM Re: Carolina rig [Re: BarryH]
Jordan_lane Offline
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Registered: 04/10/08
Posts: 490
Loc: North Richland Hills
Originally Posted By: BarryH
Originally Posted By: young gun 12
Gonna get myself a designated c-rig set up but haven't thrown it before.

Great idea but try this approach instead...

Take your longest, stiffest available rod and set up a Carolina rig with either braid or fluorocarbon main line and either mono or fluorocarbon leader. Try it. Get a feel for it. Try the other line options. THEN, when you have a feel for it, get yourself a designated c-rig set up.

You may discover that your c-rig rod can double-duty as a frog rod, a flipping rod, a jig rod or a tx-rig rod.


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#11550163 - 04/18/16 11:31 AM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
Fishingking Offline
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Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 369
7 ft MH is about all you need. I use 15lb with 12 lb for leader. I like a reel with a low gear ratio so I wont move the bait too fast.

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#11550202 - 04/18/16 11:45 AM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
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7'-3" MH with straight 15# Big Game. And don't use one of those boulder sized brass weights with beads, use the lightest tungsten worm weight you can get away with ahead of a swivel and 24" leader. For fairly clear to clear water, use a 1/0 with a robo worm or Zoom swamp crawler....dip 1/4" of the tail in some garlic.


Edited by Huckleberry (04/18/16 11:49 AM)

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#11550517 - 04/18/16 01:53 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: young gun 12]
Ryan Somerville Offline
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Registered: 02/18/09
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Loc: Belleville Ontario Canada
Power Tackles PG104 7'6 or the new Keith Combs KCJ76MH-7’6” both work great as a C-rig rod but both work great as jig and worm rods as well. Sunline's new structure fc is awesome and a mono leader from 12-15 lb is what I found that worked the best for me I just use sunline's super natural
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