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I've been around and fishing for a while. Years ago, I used to use Carolina Rig a lot more than Texas. Now these days, I don't use C-rig much. Part of it is I got lazy and the most of times T-rig feels good enough. I was wondering how others are doing in terms of using C-rig and T-rig and what strategies are used.

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I use the C-rig and a 3/4 ounce weight to cover deep water quickly.

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If I'm fishing a C-rig I've pretty much given up on catching fish that day :laugh5: I hate fishing them but they do work well in the right situations and it's great for covering water, I'd just much rather fish a heavy T-rig in the same situations.

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I throw a jig and pig where I would throw a C-rig.

Try using Mojo weights on a C-rig to help reduce snags.

You may have to order them on-line as the stores do not usually carry the 3/8 or 1-ounce Mojo weights.

I use the C-rig in structure. I don't use the Texas rig as much since I went to the shaky head.

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C-rig is my go to rig when I am exploring a new area I have never fished before, I love feeling out structure with this rig and getting a really good feel for whats down there, if I catch one or two on it I will start to pick that area apart with a jig, imo it's one of the absolute best structure rigs.

T-rig, it's so versitile you can use it anywhere for anything under almost any circumstance and it will perform very well.

IMO, I feel a lot of guys and gals have let the C-rig slip through their fingers when they first start out, the key to locating bass is structure, the key to locating and understanding structure is knowlage and using rigs like the C-rig.

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If I go to a Carolina rig then its been a bad day on the water and I am at my last resort. I don't have a problem rigging it or using it, I just don't enjoy fishing it. At the same time you will never find me on the water without a Texas rig. I just have more confidence with it and prefer fishing with it over a Carolina.

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The classic Carolina rig or C-rig to me is a sliding egg sinker, bead, swivel, leader, hook with soft plastic worm or creature. The classic Texas rig or T-rig being a sliding bullet weight, hook and worm or creature.

I can't remember using the classic C-rig, however often use a finesse version I call a slip shot rig; sliding mojo style weight, glass faceted bead, rubber Peg-It or C-Keeper, hook and soft plastic worm or creature. The difference being no swivel or leader.

I do fish the classic T-rig, however usually use a modified version called a doodle rig; add a facetted glass bead and use brass painted bullet weight. The added bead clicks when the bras weight hits it and has proven for me to be far more effective than a plain T-rig.

I mostly use the slip shot or finesse C-rig with spinning tackle, 1/8 oz Pro-Jo weight (brass painted mojo) 7mm glass facetted bead pegged as a weight stopper, light wire premium worm hook and finesse worms. If the bite is tough or I am teaching a new angler to bass fish, this rig works great.

The C-rig or slip shot rig works good fished a bottoms that have a gentle slope with breaks tht drop a few feet, not steep banks or deep cliff drop offs. The T-rigs can also be affective in similar areas and works OK on the steeper breaks, althought I prefer a jig when the structure has sharper and deeper breaks.

Tom

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I probably need to fish C-rigs more. If I did I would probably have more confidence when I did use it.

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Up here C-Rigs are one of the top 3 techniques.

"Whatcha catch em on?" "Rig"

That being said I sort of hated fishing it, just too big and cumbersome. Then I gave it and learned to embrace it and have to admit the darn thing works.

Up here we use it in 17-30+fow to find fish on humps or flats. It's so windy up here you can't easily keep control of the boat and work a crank in those depths. Bomb a rig out, use the motor to control the drift ~.7-1.2mph. Pay attention to where the hits are (wind blown side of the hump? Top? etc.) once you get the pattern of where they seem to be relating to, you start concentrate on the spots with tubes, ds/shaky's

(I still love flipping my T-rigs though).

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I use both and like others have noted the c-rig is a bit of pain to cast and tie for that matter. I have soft plastics that I will only fish on one rig or the other. I prefer t-rigs simply due to ease of use but both catch fish very well.

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About the only time I use a C-rig anymore is when I either want a slow presentation just off the bottom, or I'm concerned about the fish feeling the weight of a Texas rig and dropping it. To finess a tube just off the bottom, I'll insert a small piece of styrafoam packing material abd rig it with a light wire hook and a long mono leader.

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The classic Carolina rig or C-rig to me is a sliding egg sinker, bead, swivel, leader, hook with soft plastic worm or creature

"I can't remember using the classic C-rig"

Tom

I don't know about you but that comment right there makes me feel old LOL !!!

I guess I should update that rig, but i'm just too old fasioned...or too old to give a crap...or just too darn old lol !!

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I always have a c-rig tied on. I have a dedicated c-rig rod (NRX CRR873) that is always on my deck and I don't think it's ever had anything but a c-rig tied on it. It's a confidence method for me and I catch a lot of my fish on it. I throw t-rigs too, but not as often. I pre-make my leaders and keep them on Lindy walleye leader keepers I got from Cabela's. So I only have to tie one knot on the water. Throwing it can be a pain at times, especially with long leaders. But it pays off for me, so I'm a believer.

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The C-rig with a heavy weight, gets the bait to the bottom quickly .Bankbeaters usually dont need them.But for deep open water anglers , its perhaps the number 1 search bait. A lot of fishermen never get the hang of it.

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I'd rather use a football jig than a c-rig, but I can't say a c-rig doesn't work.

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