Carolina Rig: 8 Effective Tips For Mounting, Rod, Bait, Guiding Etc.


The Carolina Rig is perfectly suited for various target fish. These include, for example, pike-perch, pike, trout, perch and cod.

A huge advantage is that it is much more flexible than the typical Texas rig. Especially if you additionally optimize and adjust it (regarding lure, line strength and hooks).

In this article we want to show you 8 tips and tricks to make the Carolina Rig work even better for you.

Therefore we go into different mounting instructions of the individual target fish for tying, the best fishing rods, how to guide the lure best, how to recognize the bite, our buying recommendations, the difference to the Texas-Rig and the right technique.

And now we wish you a lot of fun reading. By the way: With our book “the best fishing rigs” you always have the right rig at hand.

1. the right Carolina rig assembly

In our first tip we would like to introduce you to various Carolina rig assemblies. They are mainly designed for zander, pike, trout, perch and cod. This means that there is something for both freshwater and sea anglers.


When the bulletweight hits the bottom, the lure usually wobbles into different bills. Especially in this phase many zander strike frequently. Especially on cold days (like winter) we have had particularly good experience here.

Especially when it comes to river fishing, even a heavy cartridge lead is usually no problem. This usually makes the lure freely “receptive” and is often suddenly and unexpectedly attacked.

Especially when the current in the river is constantly changing, you have a particularly good chance of success when zander fishing.


Here is an overview of the materials and utensils that you urgently need.

  • Main line: 0,12 to 0,15 mm (braided by AnzeigeStork)
  • heavy 28 g cartridges lead (bullet) for example by AnzeigeSpro
  • Glass bead in 8 mm by AnzeigeSpro
  • Swivel: 0,5 m with carabiner (e.g.
  • Leader: monofil or optional Fluorocarbon (0,20 to 0,25 mm from display congero Leader length: 30 to 40 cm)
  • Offset Hook (2 x are available in the set from Angel Berger

This is usually enough material for a simple and fast assembly.

Assembly instructions for tying

The following picture shows you how to set up the Carolina-Rig assembly with rubber fish for zander in the fastest and easiest way.

First you pull the 28 g cartridge lead onto the braided main line. This is followed by the glass bead which creates the typical “click” effect when the lead hits it. Then you connect the monofilament leader with a swivel.

Now you knot an offset hook for the respective rubber fish or other bait. The following video also shows the Carolin Rig for zander and perch. It takes about 17 minutes:


In contrast to the conventional C-rig mounts, the monofilament leader is replaced by a steel leader. With the razor-sharp teeth, the pike can cut the “simple” leader almost effortlessly.

It is important that when choosing a steel leader, you make sure that it is a very thin and flexible leader.

Because this is usually the most natural way to guide the bait. In addition, a total of 2 leaders are used for pike fishing. One made of steel and one of fluorocarbon.


Below is an overview of the suitable equipment:

  • Steel leader Display of Petri’s Catch
  • Leader Fluorocarbon-(0,20 to 0,25 mm from DisplayKongero
  • monofilament main line alternatively from DisplaySeaknight (diameter between 0,20 to 0,25 mm
  • swivel, 0,5 m with carabiner (z.
  • heavy 28 g cartridges lead (bullet) for example from AnzeigeSpro
  • (Lock-) or glass bead in 8 mm from AnzeigeSpro
  • Offset hook size 1/0 on predator fish from AnzeigeGamkatsu

You normally do not need more.

Assembly instructions for tying

Below is a graphic instruction to easily re-tie the assembly for pike.

First you pull the cartridge lead and the glass bead onto the monofilament main string. Then you knot the fluorocarbon leader with a thickness of 0.20 to 0.25 mm over the first swivel.

Now the steel leader is attached via a second swivel. After this comes a big offset hook with a rubber fish which serves as bait for the pike.

If you still want to see the spinning fishing for pike and perch in practice, then watch the following capp 4 minute YouTube video:


The Carolina Rig can also be used very successfully at the trout pond. We explain to you what is important and above all what materials you need.

Because then sometimes really big surprises await you.


Here is an overview with the most important utensils for tying the Carolina Rig

  • Main line (0.12 mm braided from AnzeigeAngelplatz
  • 60 cm leader (0.20 mm fluorocarbon from AnzeigeShimano)
  • Fishing hook (size 10 for example in the AnzeigeSet)
  • Bullet lead cartridges in 14 g for example from AnzeigeSpro
  • (Lock-) or Glass bead in 6 mm from DisplaySpro
  • Barrel vertebrae (for example from DisplayGazechimp)

This is usually sufficient for assembly.

Assembly instructions for tying

Here is an illustration of how to easily reproduce the trout assembly. We have used a twister for this.

Here too, the first thing you do is put the cartridge lead on the braided main line. This is followed by the 6 mm glass bead and a barrel swivel.

Now tie a knot in the barrel swivel (by the way, our book “The best fishing knots” is suitable for this), connect it with an offset hook and fit it with a twister.

That is enough in principle.

In the following video you can learn more about the Carolina rigging at the trout pond:


Of course the perch is not neglected and can be outsmarted with the Carolina rig. This is a way to catch the perch.

Especially in still waters or lightly flowing rivers, this rig has proven to be very effective.


Here is an overview of the most important equipment you need for this assembly:

  • 13er main line (braided) is available at AnzeigeAngelplatz)
  • Cartridges lead (bullet) in 14 g for example from AnzeigeSpro
  • (lock-) or glass bead in 6 mm from AnzeigeSpro
  • swivel, 0,5 m with carabiner (z.
  • Leader: Fluorocarbon (0,24 – 0,28 mm) from AnzeigeKonger
  • Offset hook (2 x available in the set from Angel Berger with everything you need for the setup)

This is usually enough.

Assembly instructions for tying

Below is an illustration with which you can easily tie the perch assembly yourself if necessary:

First you pull the cartridge lead onto the braided main line. Then follows the glass bead. This and the cartridge lead provide the typical (for the perch so attractive) “clicking sound” as soon as the lead hits the bottom.

Then you connect the braided main line (with a thickness of 0.13 mm) with the fluorocarbon leader using a simple swivel.

Finally you connect the offset hook to the leader and place the bait.


The Carolina rig normally also works for cod. We have tried it on shore / coast and also on the boat or cutter and have been able to make considerable catches.

Because the success is partly determined by the materials used. Especially when fishing for cod, they have to be particularly resistant and robust.

Anyone who has been sea fishing frequently will know this.


Here is the equipment you need for cod fishing:

  • braided main line (indication0,12 mm to 0,16 mm)
  • 1 x Sea vortex (available as a cheap set indication here)
  • Fluorocarbon leader (length 1,5 m, with display0.3 to 0.4 mm)
  • Rubber fish with lead head (30 to 100 g)
  • heavy 28 g cartridges lead (bullet) for example from displaySpro
  • (Lock-) or Glass bead in 8 mm from AnzeigeSproMore is not normally used with the Carolina Rig.

It is important that the used equipment is as resistant as possible to withstand the conditions in the sea.

Assembly instructions

Here are the instructions for tying the assembly:

For tying the assembly, you first have to put on the braided main line, a heavy cartridge lead and a glass bead.

Afterwards a robust sea vortex follows on the main line. This is the connecting element for the fluorocarbon leader.

For cod fishing rubber fish are often very suitable as bait.

2. the best rod

In addition to the right fittings, we have more tips on the right fishing equipment for you. Here are the most important features for the rod that should be used with the Carolina Rig:

  • Rod length: 1,80 to 2,70 m
  • Action: fast tip action
  • Casting weight: approx. 40 g weight
  • parts: 2 parts
  • weight: up to 200 g

We can recommend as a good tackle for example the AnzeigeWestin W6 T&C Finesse-T ML. It is designed for perch fishing and has the following features:

  • Length: 213cm
  • Parts: 2-piece
  • Transport length: 112cm
  • Casting weight: 5 to 15g
  • Weight: 109g

In addition, the following rod is generally suitable for various target fish (such as pike-perch, trout or pike). It has the following characteristics:

  • Length: 2,70m
  • Casting weight: 7-28g
  • Transport length: 137cm
  • Parts: 2
  • Weight: 166g
  • Rings: 9
  • Action: Extra fast
  • Blank: IM7

This is the AnzeigeFox Rage US Finesse spinning rod. It is also relatively cheap.

A small stationary reel is also advisable among the fishing reels. This should have a size of 2500. 100 meters of line holder (0,25 mm monofilament) are sufficient.

3. top bait

We have put together different baits for the respective target fish, which are suitable for the target fish in any case. You should be careful with the bait. Nevertheless the baits must remain stable enough on the hook so that they don’t “fly off” during the first casting.

For the target fishes presented here we would like to introduce different lures:


Here is a selection of common zander lures that you can use for the C-Rig:

  • slim shads (worms with shovel-tail) Shad Impact
  • Hog-Impact
  • Swing Impact
  • f
  • Creatures
  • Crayfish
  • Slugs
  • Worms

More background information you can also find in our article about pike-perch fishing and other pike-perch lures.


Here is an overview of different pike lures that are suitable for pike fishing.

  • Rubber fish
  • Jerkbaits
  • Bait fish

Especially rubber fish have proven to be very effective for us. But under no circumstances should you forget the steel leader in this context.


Below is an overview of fishing lures you can use for the C-rig for trout:

  • Locusts
  • Meat grubs + corn
  • Dewworms
  • Bait fish
  • Trout dough
  • Trout wobbler
  • Spinner and spoons
  • Rubber bait / softbaits

Normally you don’t need more or with this you are already relatively well prepared. Here you will also find more trout baits.


For the perch, for example the following baits are suitable for perch:

  • Gum bait
  • Worm / Tew worm
  • Twister
  • Bait fish
  • Wobbler
  • Swing Impact

For particularly large perch it is recommended to knot a large offset hook into the front part of the leader. On top of this you can now set up bigger perch lures.

The hook can be replaced relatively easily with a smaller one. This makes sense especially when no perch bites on the big lure.


Of course there are also some lures that have proven to be very effective, especially for cod fishing. Here is an overview:

  • Worm / Tew worm
  • Waders and sea annelids
  • Bait fish such as sand eels

You can find more baits in our article about cod fishing.

4. bait guidance – this is the best way to guide the bait

Of course, the bait guidance is also decisive for success or failure.

As soon as you have cast the assembly, the first thing you do is let the lure slide to the bottom. This is done relatively automatically by the bullet lead and the additional swivel.

Normally the lead comes up on the bottom immediately. It shifts a little bit upwards. Now it is important to be fast. Because when the lure reaches the bottom you have to take the lure for the first time after 10 seconds at the latest.

The bullet lead bangs against the glass bead and there is a muffled sound that magically attracts predatory fish in particular. Sometimes the first bite already occurs.

Then you pluck the lure in big or small jumps through the open water. The picture illustrates the principle:

The second method means mainly the longer jumps, which are also done in the open water.

The last method is done over the bottom. Here the bites often come when the lure sinks. The lure is pulled over the bottom by short, short wave movements.

For this method you can also choose a longer leader to improve your chances of catching.

5. the bite recognition – this is how you recognize the bite

The bite recognition is best done with short leaders. Because even with leaders that “only” have a length of 20 cm, the rubber fish (e.g.) staggers slowly to the ground even before it has reached the bottom.

As the known target fishes strike especially when the lure is in the sinking phase, the bite detection always occurs slightly delayed. Therefore the following applies for an accurate bite detection: The shorter the leader the better.

In order to favour the whole thing an inconspicuous leader is advisable. Fluorocarbon comes in handy here. For pike you should use a steel leader that is not cut through the normal leader.

If you use a long leader you should drag the lure over the bottom. This way there is no more “delay” and the bite can be detected earlier.

6. is it better to buy the Carolina Rig?

Of course, if you buy the Carolina Rig, you save the work of putting it together. On the other hand you often pay more because it has to withstand the special requirements.

We generally prefer to assemble the rig ourselves. Because that way we can adapt it to our own individual needs. Especially when target-fishing, the assembly should always be adapted to the individual needs and conditions.

Otherwise you will find here different assemblies that you can buy ready to use.

A real angler usually assembles his montages himself.

7th Texas Rig VS Carolina Rig – the difference

There is no general answer to the question if the Texas Rig or the Carolina Rig is better. In principle, the distance between Texas Rig and Carolina Rig is the same as between lead and bait.

Here the differences at a glance:

  • Carolina Rig: The lead is held at a distance from the lure and hook by a swivel
  • Texas Rig: The lead slides to the hook where it is stopped by a glass bead

Since it also resembles a running lead rig, there are some advantages of the Carolina Rig that beat the Texas Rig.

For example, if you use rubber bait, a big advantage is that it sinks very slowly on the Carolina Rig. Therefore it does not “bang” so fast on the ground and can be offered much more sensitive. The secret is then mainly in the careful bait guidance.

The length of the leader also determines the sink rate. In addition, fishing in herb or sea rose fields is usually also possible with the Carolina Rig.

8. tips on technique

We have personally experienced that the technique with the Carolina Rig has proven to be particularly “catchy”, especially in cold seasons.

Because due to the slow guidance the fishing lure has a very seductive effect on many target fish. You can also fish in areas where the vegetation is a bit stronger. Because the hook tip is usually more difficult to reach on the bait and therefore plants can get caught in it with difficulty.

Especially at the bottom where the vegetation is often very dense, you can usually fish relaxed. Consciously you shouldn’t necessarily fish in these areas, but if it comes to that it’s usually not bad.

During the first cast you’ll notice that the lure has reached the bottom if the line slackens for a short time. This is because now the fishing line pulling downwards usually just jams up. Now the plucking technique (described above) must be used.

Your chances of a bite are increased if the bait is led as slowly as possible. As soon as you have a bite, you will notice this directly on the fishing line and on the mounting.

Make sure that you don’t set the bite immediately. It’s much more promising if the lure automatically lands in the mouth of the fish with a few turns of the crank.


Everything stands or falls with the choice of the right fitting for the target fish. If you then adjust the rod and reel to the Carolina Rig, not much can go wrong.

More information about the Carolina Rig can be found in the Wikipedia article. But this one is in English.

What is your experience with the Carolina Rig? Do you have a different approach? Maybe you have a recommendation? Let us participate in the comments.

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