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#11794540 - 08/24/16 01:03 PM Carolina rig
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I recently started using the Carolina rig and it seems the weight only goes out about 20-30 feet. The hook and lure goes out just fine. Is there something wrong with my technique? I can cast a Texas rig no problem. Maybe it has something to do with the leader?
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#11794549 - 08/24/16 01:07 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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Lob it, don't flick like T rig
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#11794553 - 08/24/16 01:08 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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Your weight is too light. The leader and bait are catching wind and your weight is not heavy enough to propel the entire rig forward. The longer the leader and bigger the plastic, the more weight you'll need. +1 on the lob cast.
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#11794588 - 08/24/16 01:28 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: fouzman]
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That makes sense. I do a lot of pond fishing so I'm using 1/4 ounce weight. Should I bump up to 3/4 or 1 ounce?
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#11794598 - 08/24/16 01:33 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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Depends. I use 3/4oz. and 1 oz. primarily. But I'm fishing in deep water, with a long leader where feel of the weight maintaining contact with the bottom is critical. If you're fishing ponds and shallower cover, you may want to try a 3/8 or 1/2 oz and a shorter leader. Not a hard and fast rule, but typically the deeper the water, the longer the leader. Lot's of guys fish the rig with a light weight, small bait and hook and short leader (1-2 ft) around shallow cover like grass in the spring and fall. With great success.
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#11794612 - 08/24/16 01:43 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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All good info, lob cast for sure, you can use a bobber stopper for the weight as well.


Edited by MagFluker (08/24/16 04:41 PM)
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#11794812 - 08/24/16 03:09 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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Bobber stopper works for casts, but defeats some of the purpose of having the free weight for fish to swim and not feel it. I have been shortening my leader until I get the cast I like based on wind and my weight. I really like a 1oz weight myself, even in shallower depths. Grass has made me change. However, I am fairly new to the technique as well, so take my advice for what you paid for it.
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#11794962 - 08/24/16 04:05 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
MagFluker Offline
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No worries, the weight can still be free if you put the bobber stopper up some on the line it just takes some potential error out of the equation. I use these just to clarify.

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/VMC_Sinker_Stops_10pk/descpage-VMCST.html

Using straight flouro here is my setup in this order: bobber stopper -> weight -> bead -> clacker (if needed) -> carolina keeper -> hook. I like using lighter weight and this setup allows me to do that.

It is fully adjustable from stopper to hook, if you are using in cover and the line get's frayed then you don't have to re-tie a new leader, just slide everything up the line.

It works for me. Caught my PB with it
cheers


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#11795018 - 08/24/16 04:32 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
Im RICK JAMES Offline
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It's your casting technique. You don't need a heavy weight unless you're fishing deeper. Try more of a sweeping long cast. Might have way too long of a leader that's causing problems too.
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#11795031 - 08/24/16 04:41 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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I have been using Crigs for a long time , caught my PB ( 12.5lbs ) with a 4.5" straight tail worm on a CRIG .
I used to only throw these on spinning rods , then moved to baitcasters when I fish rocky area's . I take a longer "swing " on the back side of my cast's and have no issue with distance and/or weight position . I never use more than 1/2 oz tungsten weight and go as deep as 40+ feet. My rig is simple , 12-18 inch leader , weight and tungsten bead , swivel , hook to size .
Here's another way I use CRIG's . I take an old pool " noodle" , cut it down to about 12" , then pre- tie about 8 to 10 leaders using varying hooks , floro line size ,swivel . I use a half piece of a paper clip to fasten the swivel to the noodle . It makes re-tying much easier and faster .
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#11795039 - 08/24/16 04:45 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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Shorten up the leader. "TYPICALLY" you do not need a very long leader for small water fishing. Try the 18" leader.

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#11795051 - 08/24/16 04:51 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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When you cast also think about throwing the weight not leader and bait. I use 3/4 and 1 oz weights based on wind. I use an 18-24" leader all the time. Cast like you would a A-Rig. I use the same technique and it works fine for both.

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#11795284 - 08/24/16 07:41 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Richbirdhunter]
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There are so many different ways to rig a C-rig. Sometime I have 4 or 5 different combinations laying on the deck, but all of them are pegged so the weight want slide. If there is no wind blowing I can fish the 1/4 oz. one as deep as I want to.
- Light 1/8 oz. pegged for throwing at target cover.
- 1/4 oz. if the wind picks up a little still pegged.
- 1/2 oz. for deep contour fishing watching the dept. finder, drifting with the wind using the TM. to stay on contour.
- 3/4 oz. for really deep water and finding that last bit of brush or rocks.
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#11795292 - 08/24/16 07:50 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: Donald Harper]
McKinneyMike Offline
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Originally Posted By: Donald Harper
There are so many different ways to rig a C-rig. Sometime I have 4 or 5 different combinations laying on the deck, but all of them are pegged so the weight want slide. If there is no wind blowing I can fish the 1/4 oz. one as deep as I want to.
- Light 1/8 oz. pegged for throwing at target cover.
- 1/4 oz. if the wind picks up a little still pegged.
- 1/2 oz. for deep contour fishing watching the dept. finder, drifting with the wind using the TM. to stay on contour.
- 3/4 oz. for really deep water and finding that last bit of brush or rocks.


Don why do you peg your C-Rig set ups? It would seem to go against why I thought one rigged a C-rig. I am always interested in why people do what they do and why. Not trying to knock your approach just curious.

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#11795379 - 08/24/16 08:19 PM Re: Carolina rig [Re: McKinneyMike]
Im RICK JAMES Offline
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I don't peg anything. Back in the day that's how I was taught and did up until 15 years ago. Always used toothpicks.
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