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Old 12-04-2016, 03:42 PM   #1
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Although I do a lot of bay fishing I want to try my hand at surf fishing this winter.
My question is, what size weight and hook do I use for whiting and red fish on a Carolina rig?
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:18 PM   #2
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Most use a 2 hook dropper rig off of the beach, with a large enough pyramid sinker to hold the bait in place against the waves and current. I use owner 1/0 mutu circle hooks as a go to for most species like pompano, whiting, bluefish and redfish. Have caught large redfish on that setup but would maybe try a 2/0 or larger if specifically targeting bulls. 20lb flouro is typical leader for pompano, would upgrade to 30 for redfish. I use 2-4oz pyramids depending on conditions. I feel like a carolina rig would get tangled easily when casting at those distances but keep us posted if thats what you go with. 4 oz minimum I would think since egg weights wont hold as well as pyramids.
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Old 12-04-2016, 04:41 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply, I'll try your set up. I didn't consider getting tangled up. I'll let you know how I do.
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From my past experience when casting a large weight carolina rig the weight tends to get in front of the hook when casting and the hook and leader gets tangled around the main line and swivel. With a dropper rig the weight is already at the far end of the leader.
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Old 12-04-2016, 08:06 PM   #5
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I second Scouticus's post, I prefer 2/0 fine circles
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