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I'am wanting to start Carolina rigging this summer a lot more than what I have in years past. But I want to have the right rod and reel for it, so just wanting some of yalls opions on what you use for Carolina rigging for deep bass.

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I use a Falcon Carolina Lizard Dragger rod, a hi-speed reel with braided line and a 12# leader.

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I use a klx 7'3" heavy and exsence DC.  30lb braid with 14 lb sniper.

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3 hours ago, jdw174 said:

I use a Falcon Carolina Lizard Dragger rod, a hi-speed reel with braided line and a 12# leader.

Ditto 

 

Mike 

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I use two rods. First is a Diawa tatula 7'2" Mh and the second is a Abu Garcia Varitas 7'6" Mh both with braid and a 12# leader. I like the tatula better for it but when I use a really long leader the longer rod helps. All the fish in the picture were caught this weekend on a CRig on the tatula. RIP the one on the right :(

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4 hours ago, KylenCrit said:

I'am wanting to start Carolina rigging this summer a lot more than what I have in years past. But I want to have the right rod and reel for it, so just wanting some of yalls opions on what you use for Carolina rigging for deep bass.

"right" is within your budget--for carolina rigging, I prefer a 7' rod (or one a few inches longer) for the sweeping hookset and a higher speed reel (i.e. 7.1 gear ratio) for taking up line quickly.

I like the Gloomis GLX MBR 844c with a Steez 103H, as I usually use this rod for applications between 1/2 to 1 oz.

 

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Use a Lew's Custom 7'2" Heavy with Lew's 6;3.1 BB1 with 40#Power Pro, Sunline 14# test Sniper.

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Falcon Original FC-6-17, Carolina Lizard Dragger was the first technique specific rod.

You will be hard pressed to find one any better the a Lowrider or Cara in any price range.

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I use a older shimano crucial (g loomis blank) 7"6" carolina riggin rod with a shimano calcutta 201 (left handed model) and 14 pd test green stren with a 12 lb leader

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Someone who is a lot better than me at lizard dragging told me to get a Power Tackle Paragon 104-76 so I ordered it yesterday. 

It seems to have all the boxes checked to be able to handle anything within the spectrum of that technique, which is large. 

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Lamiglas 735 blank 

Dobyns 735 blank

Phenix Recon 766 blank

Lucky Craft Carolina Rig is awesome but hard to find now.

 

Reels?  I do just fine with Citica E's (6.2:1), I do upgrade the drags though.  I can see where a 7:1 would help.

Mono and braid both bow a little due to drag.  I switched to 20lb Abarzx and can't say enough how awesome it is.  2 seasons on deep, rocky, zebra mussel filled Lake Champlain and only 4 break off's.  I suspect entirely due to my laziness.

Spro Swivel

Phenix finesse or mojo style weight just don't snag. Usually a 1oz or 3/4oz.

Suffix Siege 17lb mono leader 3-6ft.  I like mono leaders as they keep the bait off the bottom a bit.  15lb Big Game works too.

Hooks...  I drag a Speedcraw 98.7787% of the time an offset worm hook works way better on skinny baits than an EWG.  I ONLY use EWGs when dragging Keitech swimbaits...

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I use a Duckett Ghost Heavy action 7ft 3in rod and would heavily recommend a heavy action rod 7ft + length.  A longer rod and heavier action would give you much more confidence and leverage especially fishing deeper water.

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If you like a long leader I would suggest a 7'6" - 8' rod. I use a Powell max3d 775 and a Dobyns 784.  20lb sniper for main line with a 16lb sniper leader.  I don't like to use braid as a main line because it has zero stretch, therefore putting all that stress on the 2-3' leader line. 

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I use a 7'6" Duckett Micro Magic Pro, paired with a Lews Tournament MB, spooled with 20lb main line and 15lb leader

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I use a 7' 3" MH/MF LTB Carolina Rig rod with a E7 Curado and 50lb braid. 

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