How to Tie a Carolina Rig

by David Proudfoot

A Simple LRF rig

The Carolina rig is a simple LRF, light rock fishing, rig with a sliding weight.

Carolina Rig Components

1 x worm style hook, this can be a straight or offset hook

1 x swivels

1 x bead, glass or metal

1 x 300 to 600mm length of clear nylon or flourocarbon, the longer the length the slower the lure will sink back to the bottom

1 x bullet weight or drilled bullet

The Rig Body

1. Tie the hook onto the trace line and attach the swivel approximately 300 to 600mm away.

2. Thread weight and the bead onto the leader from the main line and tie to the other side of the swivel.

Instead of tying direct to the leader a second trace length can be used with a swivel attached to allow the terminal tackle to be quickly changed.

A small piece of silicon tubing can be utilised between the bead and the swivel knot to protect the line.

The idea of the glass or metal bead is to produce a rattle when the lure is worked.

The plastic bait can be rigged in several ways but one of the most common is using an offset hook to provide a weedless or semi-weedless rig.

step 1 - rigging a soft plastic bait

Thread the worm between 5 and 12mm onto the hook and bring the point out through the worm.

step 2 - rigging a soft plastic bait

Thread the worm up the hook to sit on the offset, moistening the hook can help the worm slide easily on the shank.

step 3 - rigging a soft plastic bait

Pinch the worm then tread the point back through the worm to come out the opposite side.

step 4 - rigging a soft plastic bait

The point of the hook can be nicked just below the outer skin of the worm to complete the weedless effect.

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carolina rig

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