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Pre Made Carolina Rigs With Wire...defeating The Purpose?

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So there are some companies that sell "pre made" Carolina rigs with the weights and beads already on a wire. All the angler has to do is tie on thier mainline and leader..

My take on the Carolina Rig is a free floating bait on a leader behind a swivel, and a large "sliding" egg, or bullet weight.

The key word is "sliding" sinker. This supposed to be so the wary Fish doesn't feel tension on the take.

So if a person were to fish these pre made units...wouldn't it be MORE likely that the fish feel the tension because the weight can only slide so far?

If anyone has used the pre made units I'd entertain any success stories...

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I agree with you 100%.  I've always wondered why you would fish one of those pre-made rigs.  Not only would the fish feel the weight but it would also make bite detection that much harder.  With a traditional c-rig you're still connected directly to your bait, via a small swivel and the weight is independent.

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I picked some up from wallyworld to test. I won't get to using them until summer, but I'm not very hopeful. I got them for under $2. If they suck I'll snip the wire and reuse the parts for a proper Carolina rig. If it works... all the better I suppose.

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 Once upon a time I thought those pre-rigged Carolina rig set-ups were a good idea.  I don't feel that way any more.  I think that there isn't enough play in the sinker.  Kalins, used to make some that were maybe a foot long or so and I think that those offered enough slip that bite detection wasn't a problem.

 

I don't know though, lots of guys fish "mojo" rigs, the weight being fixed on the line, it is a long skinny weight, similar in practice to a split shot rig.   Those 3 or 4 inch pre-rigged Carolina set ups are in a way just a bubba version of a mojo rig.  So I don't know.   All I know is that they haven't worked for me.

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I agree. Gaudy pile of crappy hardware. I hate the brass weight, too. I much prefer to tie up my own rig with free-sliding tungsten. Takes a couple more minutes, but I have a lot more confidence in my own C-Rig. I have a friend who uses them, and he does pretty good with 'em, though.

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When I first seen them 20 years ago I said the same thing -The bass feels the weight dragging -making it feel different than normal feeding procedures and drops it. BUT sometimes as you add tension to a bait while the fish is mouthing or pulling the bait-it makes the fish more aggressive fighting for the bait.. Thats the pros and cons but as for a "TRUE "Carolina rig-NAHHHHHH !!

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I just spent the last 20min figuring out how much it would cost me to make these myself before I saw this. I assume that the benefit of these is that you don't have to spend the time rigging one, and i guess it would save a bit more space in your tackle box.

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Necroing on a 4 year old post ? The OP hasn't been around in ages.

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Haha I thought maybe someone else may see it, turns out one did.

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Well it's important to remember that those aren't targeted at "us" aka "experienced enthusiast anglers", those are for someone who has never tried a c-rig to slap on and just use.  If the presentation clicks with them they will figure out the shortcomings of the factory rig quickly enough. 

 

I wont buy it but I understand the concept of training wheels enough to recognize its application elsewhere.  

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