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#12281476 - 06/06/17 02:39 PM Carolina rig vs. Texas rig???
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What's the real difference? What does a Carolina rig do that dragging a Texas rig can't?

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#12281480 - 06/06/17 02:42 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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Carolina rig is like throwing something weightless without waiting for it to get to the bottom. Tx rig is almost always on the bottom or hopping off the bottom.
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#12281488 - 06/06/17 02:45 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: Matt Jackson]
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But the bait is still on the bottom. It's hard to keep a bait off the bottom when your dragging it...

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#12281492 - 06/06/17 02:47 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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Texas rig is for specific targets like grass, wood etc.

Carolina rig is more for open water along points, ledges, etc and is a great technique for covering water. The big weight and the disturbance it makes will actually attract bass to your bait. The TX rig is more for hitting them in the head and keeping the bait in the strike zone.
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#12281498 - 06/06/17 02:50 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: FWFish]
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Originally Posted By: Ken8
On the Carolina Rig, the bait is not on the bottom, only the weight. The bait is off the bottom roughly the length of the leader.


Not for very long, it's not. The weight attracts the fish. Then the bait following along behind it entices the bite. Very few soft plastics will "float" a hook. Do you think a 10" worm on a Carolina rig is floating off the bottom? How about a trick worm?

If you want your bait to suspend off the bottom, throw a drop shot.
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#12281522 - 06/06/17 03:02 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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Carolina Rig bait is dragging on the bottom behind the weight. The very effect of pulling it through the water will force it to the bottom. Throw one in the pool and watch it.


Edited by squib (06/06/17 03:02 PM)

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#12281526 - 06/06/17 03:02 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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You can cover a lot more water with a C-Rig

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#12281537 - 06/06/17 03:06 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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Here is a video. Pretty terrible video at that--but it shows how a c-rig just scoots along the bottom.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-UajbC25R8

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#12281582 - 06/06/17 03:32 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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That's why I don't understand why people do the fancy C-Rigs. If I know I'm going to be C-Rig fishing I just use a pinch weight about 15" up the line.

Also if your fishing a T-Rig with a Cone Weight you can quickly change it to a C-Rig by moving it up the line 15" and shove a toothpick in the bottom (larger part of cone weight) and break it off. You literately just went from T-Rig to C-Rig in 2 seconds and you can pull the toothpick out an go back T-Rig.
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#12281649 - 06/06/17 04:17 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: FX runner]
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Originally Posted By: FX runner
You can cover a lot more water with a C-Rig


How so? It's about how you fish it that determines how quickly you cover water.

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#12281655 - 06/06/17 04:19 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: uacdub]
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Originally Posted By: uacdub
That's why I don't understand why people do the fancy C-Rigs. If I know I'm going to be C-Rig fishing I just use a pinch weight about 15" up the line.

Also if your fishing a T-Rig with a Cone Weight you can quickly change it to a C-Rig by moving it up the line 15" and shove a toothpick in the bottom (larger part of cone weight) and break it off. You literately just went from T-Rig to C-Rig in 2 seconds and you can pull the toothpick out an go back T-Rig.


I've used pinch weights for perch and crappie fishing (ie. fish that can't break my line). However, I wouldn't feel comfortable using either of these methods for bass fishing. That pinch weight pinches the line and I put a lot of effort in keeping my line strength up for as long as possible. Same response to the toothpick method.

The biggest difference between c-rig and t-rig for me is the action. On t-rigs, the bait does whatever the weight does. If you shake it, you get a certain action and if you jig it up and down you get another action. On c-rigs, the bait's movement is determined more on the aspects of the bait than the weight. When the weight hits the bottom, the bait will slow down and slowly sink to the bottom. The bait has a different swimming action when you drag it along and it moves with whatever current there may be more naturally.

Depth doesn't usually have much to do with it. I've used t-rigs in 30 feet and c-rigs in 3 feet.

Just my 2cents

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#12281681 - 06/06/17 04:36 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: tsspencer2887]
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Originally Posted By: tsspencer2887
Originally Posted By: uacdub
That's why I don't understand why people do the fancy C-Rigs. If I know I'm going to be C-Rig fishing I just use a pinch weight about 15" up the line.

Also if your fishing a T-Rig with a Cone Weight you can quickly change it to a C-Rig by moving it up the line 15" and shove a toothpick in the bottom (larger part of cone weight) and break it off. You literately just went from T-Rig to C-Rig in 2 seconds and you can pull the toothpick out an go back T-Rig.


I've used pinch weights for perch and crappie fishing (ie. fish that can't break my line). However, I wouldn't feel comfortable using either of these methods for bass fishing. That pinch weight pinches the line and I put a lot of effort in keeping my line strength up for as long as possible. Same response to the toothpick method.

The biggest difference between c-rig and t-rig for me is the action. On t-rigs, the bait does whatever the weight does. If you shake it, you get a certain action and if you jig it up and down you get another action. On c-rigs, the bait's movement is determined more on the aspects of the bait than the weight. When the weight hits the bottom, the bait will slow down and slowly sink to the bottom. The bait has a different swimming action when you drag it along and it moves with whatever current there may be more naturally.

Depth doesn't usually have much to do with it. I've used t-rigs in 30 feet and c-rigs in 3 feet.

Just my 2cents


I understand what your saying about the line strength. I feel that you just dont get that much better action if you do the C-rig with the fancy leader, weight, swivel, beads, and stopper. It's mostly because I'm cheap and lazy so it's convenient. Not knocking how anyone else fishes. Just giving my personal perspective and 2cents
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#12281838 - 06/06/17 06:22 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: uacdub]
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Originally Posted By: uacdub
That's why I don't understand why people do the fancy C-Rigs. If I know I'm going to be C-Rig fishing I just use a pinch weight about 15" up the line.

Also if your fishing a T-Rig with a Cone Weight you can quickly change it to a C-Rig by moving it up the line 15" and shove a toothpick in the bottom (larger part of cone weight) and break it off. You literately just went from T-Rig to C-Rig in 2 seconds and you can pull the toothpick out an go back T-Rig.


Then you can't use the weight again, so what's the point? Once you crimp it on the line, that weight is useless. I would rather take the time to rig up a true C-rig, and be able to re-use my weight until I snag it on something and lose it.

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#12281856 - 06/06/17 06:33 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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I like the Carolina rig to find cover in new water. I can feel the bottom better and when I bump a pice of structure I know I only have to move it a another few feet and my bait is sliding into that structure.

I get a lot of bites letting it sit for 20-30 seconds after I make contact with something.

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#12281880 - 06/06/17 06:47 PM Re: Carolina rig vs. Texas rig??? [Re: basscatcher01]
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Originally Posted By: basscatcher01
Originally Posted By: FX runner
You can cover a lot more water with a C-Rig


How so? It's about how you fish it that determines how quickly you cover water.


I can cover water faster with a c rig because I use AT LEAST a 3/4oz weight. It stays on bottom even when I'm dragging bait at 2ft per second. Also, the heavy weight digs mud, creates a LOT of noise, and looks like a small meal being chased by a bait fish. In the predatory world, you take food when you get it and the bass would notice a small meal chasing its meal and see the distracted smaller predator (my bait) as an easy meal.

T rig, for me is for tagetimg isolated cover and I use a t rig pegged a lot for flipping.

These are two totally different techniques and each catches fish. I have equal success with both and always have boat techniques on the deck and ready. I use one of the other at least 80% of the time vs the other general techniques.
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