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Do you love fishing but your love for the sport is getting hampered due to the fact that you do not know how to tie a Carolina rig? Have you turned to a laughing stock in front of your peers and your ability in fishing is under question? We know that how some minor things can ruin your overall expertise. But do not worry, because we are here with some of the most useful tips which will make your fishing trips a lot more successful that they are now. Just keep calm and read as we explain it to you in the simplest language and way possible, the steps of how to tie a Carolina rig.

Before we tell you how to tie a Carolina rig, let us start with the very basics discussing all the things you need for the process. This we are doing so that in the middle of the tutorial you will not need to find the different things as you will be able to keep them ready beforehand and concentrate only on the tutorial.

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    Leader line
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    Offset hook
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    Barrel swivel
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    Glass Bead

You can choose any type of sinker but a bullet head sinker works out best for the Carolina rig. This is due to the fact that the barrel swivel and glass bead will attach most easily to a bullet head sinker.

Now that you have all the things handy, let us start making the perfect Carolina rig.

Video: Fishing 101 - How to Tie a Carolina Rig

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#2. Get the Hook- The Very First Step of How to Tie a Carolina rig:

In the first step, you need the hook which should be an off-set worm hook. Do keep in mind that you have to choose the size of the off-set hook according to the bait you are planning on using for your fishing.

The very first step of how to tie a Carolina rig

#3, Attaching the Bait:

After finding the perfect bait for your hook or the perfect sized hook for your bait, the second step is pretty obvious that is attaching your bait with the hook. In this case, the best option for a bait is one soft plastic bait. There are no specifications regarding the bait, except for the size of it. You can use anything that has worked well for you before.

Attaching the bait

#4, Tying the Leader Line with the Hook:

After carefully attaching the bait with the hook comes the third step. The leader line is the one attaching the hook with the swivel. It can be 10-15 inches long. The length generally depends upon the distance of the fish from the bottom. You can determine this length by the method of trial and error or if you can use the popular thumb rule.

Tying the leader line with the hook

#5, Attaching the Swivel:

The fourth step of how to tie a Carolina rig comprises attaching the free end of the line to the swivel. It helps to prevent the line from twisting itself and also to act as a stop for the weight. It is generally of brown color so that it becomes undetectable by the fishes underwater. The most popular choice for the weight of a swivel is of 80 pounds.

Attaching the swivel

#6, Attaching the Bullet Head Sinker:

We have already mentioned why the bullet head is the best type of sinker that you can use. After attaching the swivel, it is now the turn for the sinker to go down the fishing line. The major reason for using a sinker is hidden in the name itself. Yes, it will help your fishing line to sink under the water owing to the action of gravity. Just simply and carefully let your sinker slide down the fishing rope. The weight of the sinker may vary depending upon the current of the water body in which you are fishing.

Attaching the bullet head sinker

#7, Adding the Glass Bead:

Next comes the glass bead which should be placed just below the bullet head sinker. Make sure that the glass bead has a hole in the center which will allow the fishing rope to pass right through it. The process is similar to that of attaching the sinker. Just keep in mind that it should be placed between the sinker and the swivel.

Adding the glass bead

#8, Tying the Fishing Rope to the Swivel:

This is the last step of the process where you just tie the main fishing rope or line to the other end of the swivel. You can use any type of knot you want and you are good to go!

Tying the fishing rope to the swivel

By this, we have come to end of our tutorial teaching you how to tie a Carolina rig. We sincerely hope that you have enjoyed our discussion on how to tie a Carolina rig and the next time you go for your fishing trips, tying the perfect Carolina rig will be nothing more than a child’s play for you.

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