What's wrong with my Carolina rig???? What's wrong with my Carolina rig????
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    What's wrong with my Carolina rig????
from 710brownfish #17012  
4/25/2012 5:38:26 PM


 Got a 3/4oz weight, two beads, and a swivel. Leader is about 2' long. I fish C-rigs essentially every time I fish, I have a rod dedicated solely to that. I can cast that thing a mile, easily, even against the wind. In other words, I know what I'm doing with it.....or so I thought!

Well, I bought some of those Mann's 12" Jelly Worms, and put one on the C-rig. When I cast, it birdnests, and the weight slides up the main line, no distance or accuracy. I adjusted my reel every way under the sun----no change. Do I need more weight?.....heavier line???.....other????

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   you are tossing a parachute from 1sg  4/25/2012 6:48:45 PM
 that looks like a 12" jelly worm.

shorter leader maybe?

   C-Rig from EdgemanP #12082 #12082  4/25/2012 10:41:08 PM
 A 12" jelly worm is heavy, so you probably need to use a heavier weight. Also, use a side arm lob cast. Don't try to cast the rig a "country mile." You didn't mention the action of your rod, but with that set up a 7 1/2' or 8', heavy action rod with a fast tip would seem to be best. Hopefully, these things will eliminate the backlash issue.

   Yep from stp357 #17928  4/26/2012 3:02:55 AM
 You need a minimum 1oz weight.

   I throw 10" to 12" with no more than 3/8 oz weight from Spookchucker #10778 #10778  4/26/2012 5:36:28 AM
 I just use a shorter leader. I also reel the weight within an inch of the end guide, and do a swing cast, not a quick type cast like you might with a hard bait.

   agree from MikeF  4/26/2012 9:03:46 AM
 The worm is heavier than the weight so it's trying to move faster and pulling the line through the sliding weight. Like they said either a different style cast or a heavier weight or a little of both should solve the issue.

   Try a Carolina keeper from billsp from NJ10879  4/26/2012 9:56:01 AM
 One of those clear plastic thingys about a foot above your weight to keep the weight from sliding too far up the line while casting. Had that trouble of the weight walking up the line while in the air and used the keeper. Shouldn't affect bite detection with a foot to detect it.

   Tungsten from Waldo #11975 #11975  4/26/2012 6:28:22 PM
 If you are using tungsten they have a tendency to slide up the line for some reason. Try pegging it.

   Try This from Augustus #10914 #10914  4/28/2012 8:46:27 AM
 Had the same problem down at Falcon throwing heavy plastics. On the line above your weight put two bobberstoppers then a small bead and then your weight. Slide the bobberstoppers down to the bead. I use a bead because I use brass weights with a big hole the bobberstoppers would slide through. This way you don't have to change your weight or your leader length. Works like a charm.



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