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What line do you use for Carolina Rigs? Never used this technique before and want to try it. 

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Mono. Mainly trilene big game

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Thanks for the tip! Hopefully I can try it soon.

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Also I meant to ask: What lb test line should I use. 20?

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I like floro main line with mono after the swivel. I usually use 15lb.

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I've been trying the Carolina Rig in my rocky deep lake. I used 50lb braid main line and mono or fluro that is considerably lighter for the leader after the swivel. When I get hung I can break off after the swivel and only loose a hook instead of the whole rig.

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Haven't used a traditional C-rig in decades because I have no need of a swivel and 3 knots.

I use a slip shot or finesse C-rig all the time that is made up with a Carolina Keeper, glass faceted bead for sound and black brass Pro-Jo cylinder weight and hook on the main line. For finesse presentations I use 6 or 8 lb premium mono, 1/8 to 3/16 oz weight, 7mm bead, Owner #5133 hook size 1 with 4" to 5" worms and 1/0 for 6" worms. Bigger worms or creatures I go to 12 lb Big Game, 1/4 to 1/2 oz weight, 8mm bead, 3/0 Owner J hook.

Mono allows the soft plastic to float better when using light wire hook, FC line tends to drag and snag the more often.

Usually start with about a 30" distance detween the weight and hook, increase or decrease by moving the Keeper without re tieing.

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I use braid or other superline with a 3/4 oz brass or lead weight and 12-15 lb mono leader (not fluoro).  Personally, I prefer a swivel and a glass bead after the weight because it lets the fish run without feeling the weight before you can set the hook.  My leader is 24-30" long.  I think the braid is important because it makes for longer casts, which is really half the deal on a C-rig.  I like a creature bait or a Zoom lizard on a 3/0 offset hook, but big worms work well too.  I'll fish it in anything over 15' of water.  For shallower, I prefer other stuff.  Pretty much the classic C-rig but it catches'em even in clear water.

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50lb Spiderwire Camo main line, 12lb CXX leader. I use steel sinkers 1/2, 3/4, or 1oz with a glass bead. For hooks its a 3/0 to 6/0 straight shank depending on bait size. 

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I use the Carolina rig quite a bit during warm weather when fish are on deeper structure.  I like a 1/4-1 oz weight depending on the size of my lure, amount of wind, and the water depth. I want it to get down fast and stay on bottom because I use it as a water covering technique because I can drag it faster than a Texas rig and catch fish.

I use a medium heavy fast or extra fast  7'2"-7'6" rod and a reel with a fast retrieve.  I like a 7.3:1 so I can take up slack quickly on a long cast and the longer rod to get a good hookset with so much line out.  I use fluoro line,  usually 15-20lb test and a Carolina keeper,  brass weight,  glass bead,  and 1/0-5/0 hook depending on the bait.  I usually use about a 3 foot leader. I like fluoro because it sinks and is more sensitive than mono,  and it's more abrasion resistant than braid.  If I fished a more weedy lake with less rocky structure,  I'd probably use braid.  I use the same hooks as when Texas rigging.  Baits range from finesse worms and small 3-4" baits to 10" worms.  I like to experiment and I've caught fish on a lots of different saltplastics.  I've even read articles and seen videos of guys using floating jerkbaits on the c-rig and wearing fish out.  I tried it but lost a lot of baits quick and decided to fish it only with soft plastics. My biggest producers are trick worms,  centipedes, super flukes,  and stick worms. 

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I use flouro as well. along with a Carolina keeper,bead and tungsten weight ,usually 1/2 -3/4 oz. A lizard or fish Dr. are my go to baits.

 I really like Sunline flippin FC on the c rig. The visibility helps , especially if you fish deep.

 

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12-15 Big Game, Brass Bullet weight and glass bead with a Carolina Keeper. You can adjust  the leader on the fly to from a Texas to Carolina for those on a budget or who are OCD about too many rods out. I fall in both those categories...lol.

I have spooled up 3 spinning reels with 40lb Gliss (about 10lb mono), but haven't got out yet to test. I hate superlines on baitcasters, but this stuff passes the "yard test" on spinning reels.

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Berkley Big Game 15# 

3/8 oz bullet weight

Carolina Keeper

Offset shank round bend hook 3/0

I'm a lizard/French fry guy ;)

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15 lb flouro or copolly for the main line, usually 12 lb copolly for the leader usually. I use McCoys xtra clear specifically. 

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Thanks guys for the tips. Seems like y'all like to use which ever line you feel most comfortable with. Iv'e got people saying braid, mono, floro, and copoly! I want to be able, since i am looking at a heavy, fast action rod, to throw frogs and med sized swimbaits on it too, thats why I was wondering about mono. Thanks

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1 hour ago, SCkayakfisher said:

 Seems like y'all like to use which ever line you feel most comfortable with.

Exactly !

If it ain´t broke why fix it ?

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I like braid mainline with a copolymer leader, usually 50/15. 

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On ‎9‎/‎8‎/‎2016 at 11:29 AM, illinifan4152 said:

15 lb flouro or copolly for the main line, usually 12 lb copolly for the leader usually. I use McCoys xtra clear specifically. 

^^This^^ ... Seaguar AbrazX #15lb. or C-XX #15 lb. Co-Poly mainline with a #12 lb. mono leader ... You always want your leader to be lighter weight # test so in case you get hung up you break the leader off and not your weight rig .

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Just curious, tell me the difference between copolymer and mono line!

Don't want to hijack this thread but some interesting suggestions.

Tom

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No problem Tom, I would like to know too! 

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Finesse Carolina Rig-  Medium light spinning rod , 2500 reel  10lb fins wind tamer, 8 lb Sufix seige leader, pegged 1/8oz weight , size 1 worm hook, finesse worms and 3 " senkos

 

Traditional Carolina Rig- Heavy power casting rod, high speed casting reel, 40lb braid , 3/4 oz sinker, glass bead, swivel, 15lb mono leader, 4/0 EWG , creatures and big worms

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I use 30lb. Seaguar braid for a mainline and 12lb. Stren mono for the leader.  I prefer mono for the leader because it floats. Brass or tungsten weight depending on how snag infested the area I'll be fishing. Water depth dictates what size and hook size depends on the bait which lately has been a tube.  The rod is a 7'6" MH fast with a TDA in 6.31

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#15 big game,cause it floats. helps keep lure up in the water column. carolina keeper,weight depends on the conditions,wind,current etc. lure-fry,slider worm,or those special time will throw a tube.

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