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Carolina rig #14009257 05/25/21 03:13 AM
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If you’re rigging your own and not purchasing the premade brass weight thing, what specific tackle do you use for yours? Also what plastics do you like best? Thanks!

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I use a flouro leader attached to a heavier main line using a barrel swivel then a clacker plate. If you don't have the little brass plate Two beads will work .a red glass beads then the main brass weight. Some favorite baits are lizards,worms and senkos. Flukes can be good sometmes.

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Long rod I like 745 or 784 dobyns .20#flouro main line, 1/2-1oz tungsten bullet weight, bobber stop between weight and swivel slid down right on knot (very important), I don’t use a glass bead much it chafes your line. spro swivel, 15-20 flouro or big game leader 3-4 foot long, owner or gami ewg or offset worm hook 3-5 ought. Go to baits are flukes, lizards , brush hogs, hags

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Originally Posted by Clint H.
Long rod I like 745 or 784 dobyns .20#flouro main line, 1/2-1oz tungsten bullet weight, bobber stop between weight and swivel slid down right on knot (very important), I don’t use a glass bead much it chafes your line. spro swivel, 15-20 flouro or big game leader 3-4 foot long, owner or gami ewg or offset worm hook 3-5 ought. Go to baits are flukes, lizards , brush hogs, hags



Nice. I have all this except the rod.
I do have a falcon lowrider 7’, 8.1 daiwa tatula, with 15lb fluoro main line. Probably go with that for now.

Re: Carolina rig [Re: wh2004] #14009487 05/25/21 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by wh2004
Originally Posted by Clint H.
Long rod I like 745 or 784 dobyns .20#flouro main line, 1/2-1oz tungsten bullet weight, bobber stop between weight and swivel slid down right on knot (very important), I don’t use a glass bead much it chafes your line. spro swivel, 15-20 flouro or big game leader 3-4 foot long, owner or gami ewg or offset worm hook 3-5 ought. Go to baits are flukes, lizards , brush hogs, hags



Nice. I have all this except the rod.
I do have a falcon lowrider 7’, 8.1 daiwa tatula, with 15lb fluoro main line. Probably go with that for now.


Lizard Dragger Lowrider? Curious because I have the same. I am very Falcon loyal but I'll argue that the Lizard Dragger is not a great Carolina rig rod. The action and power are fine, but it needs to be half a foot or more longer. Unfortunately Falcon doesn't stray far from the 7 foot mark on most of their models.

15 lb fluoro would be the absolute minimum I'd use for main line. Heavier lines stretch less = more sensitive and better hooking power on long casts. Fluoro or braid main line to 2-3 ft leader in about 15 lb mono or fluoro. I'll go as light as 12 lbs on clear dinky-fish lakes but up to 17 on darker big-fish lakes for the leader. I've moved away from using glass beads completely. When they crack from being banged on by the heavy lead, and especially brass or tungsten weights, they will chew your line and eventually break it if you're not checking it after nearly every cast. I use a couple brass clackers between the knot and weight now. As little as 1/2 oz for <10 feet, up to 1.5 or so oz for >20. Generally use lighter weights if brush or vegetation are involved. Larger lead weights for open water for more bottom disturbance when getting hung is unlikely, smaller tungsten weights for thick cover so it can pass through cover more easily. I've had some great days with simple ribbed worms like a Hags Tornado or GrandeBass Rattlesnake, but I usually start with a flappy creature bait and switch to more subtle options if it's not working. Drag with the rod, not your reel. Much more sensitive. Reel down and sweap the hookset, don't slackline it.


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7'6" Heavy ALX Dragger
Tatula Type R
50 lb braid main line
14 / 16 lb flouro leader
1/2 - 1 oz Tg weight
Glass bead
Spro Power Swivel
5/0 Gamagatsu Round Bend
10" Worm

This is about all I use on my C-rig and it's caught me some dandies

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I use one or two of those little red or clear carolina keepers with a 3/4 or 1 ounce egg sinker above it. Can easily be adjusted. I quit adding a bead or clacker as I feel like the fish are getting accustomed to it. Might be wrong but works for me.

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Two tips, if you use lead try some of the bigger size bullet weights, they get hung up less. Stop by a joanne fabrics and goto the isle for jewelry. You can get a bag of glass beads that will last you a lifetime for a couple bucks. Some of rge best fish I have caught were on a Carolina rig working points. When it ia windy, it shines.. Even in shallower water it shines, i will use a smaller weight. Bait is more natural without the weight pulling it down. Go heavy on the rod, and flouro (15-20) pound so you can cross their eyes. Don't know where you live, have a ton of lead weights. If you live in DFW send me an IM.. lastly, always make sure your hooks are wicked sharp. If you don't have a hook sharpener, pick up a cheap diamond sharpener from amazon.

One end tapered, other is flat on one side and grooved on rhe other.
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One key to a C-rig is a finer wire hook. Do not use a superline hook. With a leader indirectly attached to the main line via a swivel, you want a smaller gauge hook to more easily penetrate the bass' mouth.

I have also had better success with 3/0 size vs larger 5/0 hooks on Crig.


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Over 15' of water-Dobyns Champion DC804C, 8'0" Heavy Fast, Lew's Super Duty, 7.2:1, 20lb fluoro main line, bobber stop, 1oz tungsten weight, no beads, Spro Power swivel, 15lb big game leader, baby brush hog or fluke watermelon candy, sometimes power worm in plum(always plum). Plum is a confidence thing, no real reasoning.

Under 15' of water-G Loomis E6X, 7'5" MH, Lew's Super Duty, 15lb fluoro main line, bobber stop, 3/8oz tungsten weight, no beads, barrel swivel, 12lb big game leader, 3/0 offset, brush hog or fluke

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1/2 or 1 oz lead weight. Heavy wire swivel. 3/0 hook.
All you need!!!

Make sure your leader line is lighter than your main line. If you’re throwing 20, run a 14 lbs leader in floro.

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Unfortunately my falcon is just the all around model. Are y’all using 8.1 reels?
I’m play money low right now so what’s a good under $100 rod for c-rig?

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Dobyns DX745C FH
Shimano 8.2:1
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1 oz barrel tungsten
Plastic Bead
Brass Clacker
Brush Hog, 10" worm, Rattlesnake or Bubble Fry.

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Originally Posted by Sinkey
1/2 or 1 oz lead weight. Heavy wire swivel. 3/0 hook.
All you need!!!

Make sure your leader line is lighter than your main line. If you’re throwing 20, run a 14 lbs leader in floro.


You forgot to mention use a 7' leader

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1/2 or 1 oz lead weight. Heavy wire swivel. 3/0 hook.
All you need!!!

Make sure your leader line is lighter than your main line. If you’re throwing 20, run a 14 lbs leader in floro.


You forgot to mention use a 7' leader



Yeah. You got a good look at the damage a 7’ leader can do on Chigger! roflmao

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