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Hi folks - I am having trouble with a finesse Carolina rig I am throwing on spinning tackle for smallmouth.

 

The weight keeps wrapping around my line and swivel.  It is just the few inches of leader line right around the swivel that wraps around the weight and swivel and twists up.  

 

Any solutions would be appreciated.

 

Thank you!

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I use a Carolina keeper or a bobber stop...no swivels, works great. One  of either of those is enough to not slide. On heavier weights, just put on two.

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Watch how your casting it as well. If you sling it, it’ll tend to do that

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You don’t need a swivel.

Use your main line or braid with mono leader and rig like this;

mojo or brass pro jo 1/8* oz cylinder weight, 8 mm glass bead, Carolina stopper and Owner #5133 hook.

mono line is important so it stays off the bottom, 6 lb is good.

You adjust the distance the hook is from the weight by squeezing the plastic Caroline keeper and moving it.

I use curl tail soft plastic Roboworms or Iovino 4 2/2” to 6”works rigged weedless using 1/0 5133 down shot hook.

Tom

ps, slip shot rig. 

* 3/32 to 3/16 depending depth and wind.

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You don't throw a Carolina rig, you lob it.

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1 hour ago, tander said:

You don't throw a Carolina rig, you lob it.

 

Yes sir! 😉

 

@One Trick Pony your problem is how you're casting!

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Some really great rigging advice.

 

I'd only add that you'd likely surprise yourself how very far you can "lob" a Carolina Rig by using an under-handed "pitching" motion, this, instead of an overhead sort of cast. The latter often causes that cartwheeling effect where things can get knotted up, tangled. 

 

The pitching motion I am describing is reeling up but leaving a length of line out where you can grab the tail of your plastic lure back near your reel, then pitch it out with a long pendulum swinging motion.  

 

I use it more for the drop shot where I am grabbing the weight instead of the plastic since it is at the end instead of the plastic lure.

 

Brad

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15 hours ago, Todd2 said:

I use a Carolina keeper or a bobber stop...no swivels, works great. One  of either of those is enough to not slide. On heavier weights, just put on two.

I've tried this with normal slip bobber stoppers and they always manages to come through my weight somehow. 

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15 hours ago, Todd2 said:

I use a Carolina keeper or a bobber stop...no swivels, works great. One  of either of those is enough to not slide. On heavier weights, just put on two.

Todd! You are a genius!  I can put a bobber stopper on each side of my weight and instantly switch between C-Rig and TX Rig.

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36 minutes ago, Troy1985s said:

Todd! You are a genius!  I can put a bobber stopper on each side of my weight and instantly switch between C-Rig and TX Rig.

Thanks, I wish I could take credit. 99% of what I know about fishing is from what I've learned from others. The other 1%, I've wandered into aimlessly.

 

But you're right, two rods for the price of one..lol. I keep a stop on that rod and it doubles between both. Been doing it for years, but sometimes I'll do a dedicated c-rig rod with a heavier cylinder weight.

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1 hour ago, RealtreeByGod said:

I've tried this with normal slip bobber stoppers and they always manages to come through my weight somehow. 

I haven't had that problem. I got mine at Academy...something with an X in the name. I used to use the Carolina keepers but like the stoppers a little better. Both work well.

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20 hours ago, Todd2 said:

I use a Carolina keeper or a bobber stop...no swivels, works great. One  of either of those is enough to not slide. On heavier weights, just put on two.

Still need a glass bead between the stopper and weight.

Tom

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Watch the video... problem solved  😉

 

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If it's a finesse rig, I just put a peg stop between the hook and weight. I can adjust length of "leader" easily. I use a 6th sense peg and it holds. I dont usually throw anything over a 1/4 oz on my finesse rigs.

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5 hours ago, WRB said:

Still need a glass bead between the stopper and weight.

Tom

I usually throw one on..not necessary. The bobber stops I have won't go through the weights I have. From a bite perspective,  I use one for my stained waters but to be honest not sure I've seen a difference.

 

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Bass have extrodinary sense of hearing/vibration detection along with sight. What a glass faceted bead does is create clicks hitting the weight and reflects light giving off visual clues to the bass. I always use a glass faceted bead for both slip shot rig and sliding weight* Texas rig soft plastics in very clear water and at night.

Rubber bobber stops deaden any sound the weight makes contacting it, it's silent.

Tom

* usually brass or tungsten painted weights. 

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I’ve tried rigging up a smaller type Carolina Rig with a 1/4 oz tungsten worm weight (bps brand) a plastic bead,swivel, and about a 12inch leader rigged on 10 lb braided line. I’ve been  experiencing frayed line and break offs since buying the bps brand weights. I’m wondering if I should buy a better brand or go back to lead or drop the braid ?

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On ‎7‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 8:08 PM, tander said:

You don't throw a Carolina rig, you lob it.

Over your head and have it high in the air.

 

Like throwing a baseball when you don't know how to throw a baseball.

 

Another option is to go with a MOJO rig.

 

Look it up and consider throwing a MOJO rig.

 

It is a poor man's Carolina rig and works great on spinning rigs.

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