Easy "How To" Rigging Guide
The Carolina rig is a great all year round fishing rig, and is fairly
simple to learn.
There are quite a few modified variations for this that are
used by many freshwater fishing anglers. This can be considered as an
extended version of the Texas rig, and also has the capabilities of
being fished with by applying a multitude of different presentations
and various techniques.
Carolina Rigging Tackle
Lures and Baits Preferred For The Carolina Faithful
A wide selection of soft plastics are most
commonly used for these
fishing rigs. Other popular soft plastics that are also used include:
- and even snake baits.
Live baits are also another option that
many anglers enjoy using with this set up, such as:
- and other
types of bait fish.
Hook Options That Perform Best For Carolina Type Rigs
The size of your hooks should match the
size of bait that you
use. For most cases when using smaller baits, and small hooks to match,
the small hooks will be enough to get a good proper hook set in the
mouth of the fish. If targeting fish with smaller mouths, then
definitely use a smaller hook.
Sinkers To Accomodate Carolina Fishing Rigs
Bullet weights are ideally what is used for the
Carolina rig. Use lighter weights to allow for a slower sink
rate, and heavier weights to get the bait down faster. And even more
heavier weights should be used in fast moving currents in order to hold
the bait down in the water column or down at the bottom.
Line Selection For Carolina Fishing Rigs
You can get away with using a heavy pound test fishing line as long as
your leader is light and virtually invisible to the fish. I often like
to use a heavy flourocarbon main line matched with an 18 inch clear
monofilament leader, attached to a barrel swivel. The leader can range
from 1 foot to about 3 feet in length. And it also depends on the
species of fish to determine the test strength of the line type.
The Carolina Rig Set Up
For demonstration purposes, we are using
the following, shown from left to right:
- a black ¼ ounce bullet weight
- brass noise ticker
- red glass bead
- barrel swivel
- red blood trail offset shank extra wide
gap (EWG) 2/0 hook
- Zoom watermelon candy colored Baby Brush Hog
- braided main line
- with a monofilament leader.
Note: You can use a variety of other types of baits or lures, sinkers,
hooks, with or without the noismakers, etc., as you prefer.
Rigging The Carolina Rig
Tie your leader to your hook and
to the barrel swivel.
Run your sinker, clacker and
bead onto your main line and tie it off onto the barrel swivel.
To set it up for a weedless style
presentation, insert the plastic bait upside down into the hook and
push it about a quarter of an inch through the head before allowing the
hook point to penetrate through the plastic.
Continue to run the head of the
bait through up to the eye of the hook.
Rotate the head of the bait 180°
around the eye of the hook.
Determine where the hook point
will end and push it through the plastic.
Congratulations, you just figured out how to set up the Carolina Rig!
Have a look at our Texas rig
demonstration to gain a better understanding for creating a weedless
Ready For Fishing
CAROLINA CLACKER 3/4 OZ WITH BEADS AND TICKER 2 RIGS
Carolina Clacker Rig
- 2 Carolina Clacker Rigs
- 3/4 oz Tungsten Bullet Weights
- Red Glass Beads
- Brass Ticker
- Rigged on 45lb Nylon Coated Wire
Carolina Fishing All Star Rod
Team 7-Feet 6-Inch Big Carolina Fishing Rig Rod
- High Modulus Graphite Blank
- Fuji Aluminum Oxide Guides
- Graphite Reel Seats with Cushioned Stainless Steel Hoods
- Sensa-Touch Reel Seats for increased sensitivity
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