How to Tie a Sliding Sinker (Carolina) Rig for Catfish

How to Tie a Sliding Sinker (Carolina) Rig for Catfish


There’s lots of different rigs you can use for catching catfish but one of the ones that is most popular with angles, and also one of the easiest is the sliding sinker rig and that’s the one I use most often when I fish for channel catfish. So I’m gonna take a few moments today and show you how to tie one of those up. If you look right here, I have several different sizes of sliding sinkers over here I have a one half ounce sliding egg sinker and here I have a couple of bank sinkers. This
one is one ounce, this one is two ounces and how much weight you use will depend on
where you’re fishing generally you want the weight to keep the bait on
the bottom so if you have a lot of current you’ll need a larger weight if the current isn’t very strong or the water is
pretty shallow you don’t have a lot of water tugging on your line you can probably get by with something
smaller some fishermen, if they’re fishing in
current, use weights a lot bigger than this but this is generally what I carry my
tackle box because it generally works for a situation that I get into. Alright, for demonstration purposes today I’m going to attach a two ounce bank sinker to
my line so I’ll put that on the line first The next thing I’ll need to do is attach a snap swivel and for that I’m going to use a
polamer knot I’ll give you a quick demonstration of how to
tie that knot the first think I’m going to do is put the line
through the eye of the snap swivel and then come back through so now I’m just gonna tie an overhand knot in
there just like these two strands are one string OK, there I have a knot now all I have to do is take the snap swivel and put it through this loop I have
right here in this hand so I’ll just put it right through there and all I have to do is tighten everything up and lastly I’ll clip off the tag end. All right, now we have our main line rigged up with
a sliding sinker and a snap swivel. The only thing we need to do now is attach a leader to here and a hook. Now you possibly can buy pre-snelled leaders that have a hook already
attached but I find that in my area, you cannot find any of those that are suitable for
catfish. Typically what is sold locally here have smaller books and the leaders are also shorter than I like.
Most of them being sold are six inches I prefer mine at least a foot long, even two feet. So I’m going to go ahead and show you how to
make your own leaders, that way you can also make your own if
needed For that that I’m going to use this 30 pound monofilament line.
obviously exactly what you use depends on how
big a catfish that you’re planning on catching The first thing I need to do is snell a a hook on the end of the line. so I’ll go ahead and pull the line through the eye
of the hook and then pull through about four or five inches
extra and then double it back and hold it against the hook with your
thumb and forefinger and then take the other hand and wrap the
line around the shank of the hook and the line about four or five times a couple extra turns doesn’t hurt then you just bring the line back
through the loop that’s on the end of the hook and you just pull everything tight. now I’ll clip off the tag end The only thing I need to do now is, on the other end of the leader, I need to put a loop that I can attach the snap swivel to so I’ll go ahead and cut if off and now I’m going to double back the last three inches or so of the line and just tie a regular overhand knot in there to
make a loop very simple pull it tight and just cut off the tag end Now I’m going to go ahead and attach the leader
to the snap swivel and I’m ready to fish! So, just for review: the first thing I have is a sliding sinker
that slides freely on the line then the line goes down to a snap swivel the snap swivel then is attached to a leader and it’s about fifteen inches long and that’s attached to a 4/0 circle hook.

33 thoughts on “How to Tie a Sliding Sinker (Carolina) Rig for Catfish

  1. I have a low-end Ugly Stick rod and reel that I got as a Combo for about $40. I also have a nine-foot Zebco catfish fighter rod that I use with an older, second-hand Zebco spinning reel. I really like the Zebco rod – it can cast a country mile. Both rods have held up well for me. There are a couple of pictures of the Zebco rod on our Facebook page (see link in the description). Perhaps I'll introduce my equipment in a future video.

  2. I have actually never used crimps – I had to look it up on Google to even know what you were talking about. I guess that shows how much I have still to learn about fishing. 🙂

  3. I have a friend that is a really good cat fisherman. He uses a rig that is similar to yours except he uses the smaller snelled hooks that you talked about and regular swivels. I ounce asked him about using snap swivels and would they be OK to use but all that he said was hell no. Did you ever have problems with them. Like did you ever have the snap open up on you when you had a fish on.

  4. Your friend may have a legitimate concern if he is catching huge catfish. I'd be a little nervous with a 40 pound flathead on my line with a snap swivel. However, I've pulled in 10 pound (30 inch) channel cats with no problem. Of course snap swivels are not created equal. I use a fairly large one that has a bend in the wire just past where it snaps – a little hard to explain, but you can catch a glimpse at 2:13. This makes it very difficult for a fish to unsnap it.

  5. Yeah those are called interlock and I think that they are pretty tough. I found some that are even stronger that are called coast lock that have a 100 ld test. I think I will just try them out for myself and see what happens.

  6. I rarely use anything but the one described, although I know that there are some other good ones out there. Sometimes I tie a two-hook leader with the sliding sinker rig. I either bait these hooks separately, or in some cases I'll put the hooks about 3 inches apart and put them both in one live bluegill. This is helpful when I'm having trouble with the catfish grabbing the bait but not the hook.

  7. flylining works well too if you are in a lake or pond when there is no wind. you can feel the fish better and you can use a lighter pole

  8. Listed by number of visits (most first): Potomac River, Juniata River, Susquehanna River, and Allegheny River. In order of preference: Susquehanna, Allegheny, Potomac, Juniata. Juniata is actually one of my favorite places to fish overall, but for catfish is number four because of fairly low success rate.

  9. I used similar set up. I just tied my leader to a large barrel swivel. I would get to nervous with a snap even if it has a little lip. Lol. Good vid.

  10. No, it would have to be a good bit larger to slide over the snap swivel I'm using. The video must be a bit deceiving.

  11. I don't know how familiar you are with the New Castle area, But got any location tips for someone stuck on land, either lake or Susquehanna, general area. road name, I'm new to the area I've only been to Lake Arthur.

  12. I live about 1.5 hours west of Harrisburg, and only get to the Susquehanna a few times a year, so I don't know much. I have fished the Falmouth and Bainbridge area with some success depending on the water level. There's a public boat ramp each place, and some shore fishing as well.

  13. It is actually a Palomar knot – the first step of making one of those is making an overhand knot with the two strands. The Palomar knot is very strong and a favorite of many fishermen. There are plenty of Youtube videos showing the Palomar knot if you need better instructions.

  14. I LIKE TO USE A PLASTIC BEED IN BETWEEN MY SWIVEL AND WIEGHT KEEPS THE WEIGHT FROM BEATING UP THE KNOT

  15. Oh man, umm im gonna give you some friendly advice…
    1. I would invest in a little better brand mono than shakespear omniflex, when it comes to fishing line cheaper is not better. Id at least step up to berkley big game theyvsell it at walmart i think its like 8 bucks for 300 yards

    2. I would reccomend using like your first sinker (egg) or a flat no roll sinker when using a carolina rig. Using a bank sinker theres alot better chance to get snagged up and or have your line twist up around the bank sinker. Also i would advise going to the arts andcrafts aisle and spend like 3 bucks and gettin a bag of like 500 beads to put inbetween your sinker and knot to protect your knot from getting beat up by sinker.

    3. Most important! I would suggest NEVER tying the overhand knot you tied at the end. Use a polomar or cinch, a plain overhand knot is a big nono.

    I truly hope you dont think i came off as a jerk. I truly wanna give people the best chance of landing a big one as i can!

  16. I would like to suggest Palomar knots all the way down. Nice beginners video though, thanks. Also, bullet lead weights (any size ) work best for me, less drag.

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