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I have recently gotten into C-rigs more and wanted to know what you guys use for weights. what weights do you use when fishing C-rigs? and what depths do you use those weights?

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i use different sized split shots alot of times just depending on the weight of the actual plastic and the weight and size of the hook your using with it

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Most of my Carolina rigging is done in water less than 20 feet deep that has some sort of wood on it. I use 5/8 oz. Mojo Carolina rig weights since they come through the cover more easily and I don't get hung up as much:

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I use common 3/4 ounce egg sinkers. Down to twenty feet on mostly mud and clay bottoms. The thermocline here is usually between 15 and 20 feet. Fish can be caught deeper in the fall but I usually use different baits then. The egg sinkers work well for me.

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I fish c-rigs a lot. In our very rocky Ozark lakes like Beaver and Table rock, I usually use 1/2-1oz lead weights, mostly the "walking" weights like walleye guys use in Lindy Rigs. They get hung up less in the rocks. In lakes with less rock, I like to use tungsten cone shaped weights. They do give more feedback about what the bait is traveling through, but they are pricey.

I usually fish them from 15-25 feet deep, so weight depends on depth, how fast I'm fishing and wind.

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I use common 3/4 ounce egg sinkers. Down to twenty feet on mostly mud and clay bottoms. The thermocline here is usually between 15 and 20 feet. Fish can be caught deeper in the fall but I usually use different baits then. The egg sinkers work well for me.

I use 1/2 oz egg sinkers almost exclusively.

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Rocky Champlain, less than 20 fow, Mojo 5/8oz Rockhoppers. More than 20fow or windy I go with 1oz Rockhoppers. I've lost one weight in 2 years with Rockhoppers.

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I don't like the traditional Carolina rig with the heavy egg sinkers and swivel. Instead use a slip shot rig or finesse C-rig depending on what you call it. Prefer the brass Pro-Jo (mojo) style cylinder shape weight, faceted glass bead pegged to the line for a weight stopper, no swivel. Depending on the wind 1/8 to 1/4 oz weight to depth of 25', 3/8 to 1/2 oz to depths 25 to 40', line 6# to 14 # FC. Clear deep rocky structure lakes with sparse vegetation, so don't need braid to rip through weeds. Salamander style weights work good in broken rock areas. The combination of brass and glass makes a clicking sound that bass like. The concept that a heavy weight digging into the bottom and kicking up mud like a crawdad doesn't make any sense, all the heavy weight does for me is get snagged easily. I am fishing from a boat and don't need a heavy weight to make longer cast.

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The concept that a heavy weight digging into the bottom and kicking up mud like a crawdad doesn't make any sense, all the heavy weight does for me is get snagged easily. I am fishing from a boat and don't need a heavy weight to make longer cast.

Tom

I use a heavy weight to cover flats, points.... quickly. If Im going to fish slow , then just use a Texas rig.

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I use a heavy weight to cover flats, points.... quickly. If Im going to fish slow , then just use a Texas rig.

The heavier weight does let you move faster and keep the weight on the bottom and is a good reason to use it. C-rigs allow the soft plastic to appear and feel weightless and appeals to bass at times, usually moving at a slower pace.

Tom

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Most of my Carolina rigging is done in water less than 20 feet deep that has some sort of wood on it. I use 5/8 oz. Mojo Carolina rig weights since they come through the cover more easily and I don't get hung up as much:

Carolina2_350.jpg

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The reasons I prefer Top Brass Pro-Jp weights are; brass is a harder metal that prevents the line hole in the weight from being pounded closed, the line slides easier through the weight and makes loader clicking sounds hit rocks and contacting a tempered glass bead.

Mojo weights are a western design, originally a elongated split **** weight that was crimped onto the line, then became popular for slip shotting, used as a sliding weight with a pegged glass bead used for a stopper. Lead Mojo's date back to the late 70's, brass Pro-Jo's back to the early 90's.

Tom

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I use the same tungsten worm weights I use for t-rigs. I use 3/8-1/2 oz depending on depth. I use a carolina keeper and glass bead. I found tungsten breaks the plastic beads when bouncing off rocks..

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