We may have thought differently, but that little bead on your Carolina rig that’s supposed to protect your knot? It just may be a bigger problem than any line contact with your sinker.

Have you run into this? I actually noticed a bit of the problem last year, but just didn’t connect my glass bead as the issue. I just figured either the sinker was rubbing or it was pulling line over or through the rough stuff and scratching my line.

But with the post-spawn, transitional fishing period at hand,  I’ve been back spending more time with the C-Rig since I want a moving contour bait to complement the pure reaction lures. But then after catching a few fish, I again began to see there were frays right where they’re not supposed to be–ahead of the swivel.

It was my understanding that the holes in the glass beads were polished, but that may not be the case. Just holding the line and sliding the bead down to the sinker, it became clear, with less than 10 strokes I could destroy new line. So while I don’t have the laboratory of Consumer Reports, I experimented with some other glass as well as plastic beads and even tried a lead sinker with no bead.

Here’s what I did. I put 3/16-ounce bullets with a bead, or no bead, on 10-pound Big Game.

Yes, I know it’s soft, but I wanted to show results. I took the sinker and bead (and the one with just a sinker) and holding them as one and slid them on a taught line.

Here’s what I found: all of them could scratch your line with enough use. But in less than 6 strokes, the first glass bead made deep scratches, the more oblong glass bead took 8 strokes to cause some nicks and the hollow plastic (whose hole is so big it covers the knot) about 8 strokes to gouge the line as well.

The clear faceted plastic bead (from some kit originally designed for the C-rig) did little apparent damage, and you had to look closely to see any problem with the BPS chartreuse solid plastic bead. And the lead without any bead–did absolutely nothing to the line.

Yes, it’s hard to duplicate the contact point closer to the swivel and 10 strokes of  6 to 8 inches in length are more violent than the friction from actual fishing–but I think the comparison is valid. Not the end-all of studies, but still an eye-opener for me.

I don’t get the noise with the plastic, but I also don’t get the frays. Maybe you should watch for that as well.


3 Responses to “Warning: danger lurks with your C-rig”

by Rich Lingor

From your test, if we conclude that the movement of the bead is the problem, then a potential solution could be to peg the bead. Relative to the mass of the sinker, the weight of the bead should be insignificant and not necessary to slide freely.

Solution – put a shortcut ticker between the bead and the swivel. The “ticker” has a large diameter hole and the knot sits inside perfect.

by Dave Schreck

George take a rubberband cut it in half and tie 2 overhand knots behind the bead above the knot.

Or just rig with 10lb braid on your spinner!