The Carolina Slipper has been invented
and designed by BASS Tournament Angler Ernie Carpency as a new and
improved way to add sinkers or weights to the terminal tackle used in
the sport of fishing.
Over the past five years the use of the Carolina
Rig has become one of the most popular methods of Bass Fishing. Not only
on the professional bass tournament trails, but also with avid bass
fisherman all over the country. It has proven to be one of the most
productive ways to catch bass under most any conditions and with a variety
of different baits.
In taking a look at the basic Carolina Rig we see it
being used as a heavy weight method with 20 lb. line and 1 oz. weights,
and it is also use as a light weight rig with 6 lb. line and 1/8 oz.
weights, similar to a split shot rig. Because of the wide variety of
applications, Carolina Rigging is becoming increasingly more popular.
The make up of the rig from back to front is the main line which usually
is 17 lb. test with a 3/4 oz. barrel sinker, glass bead and in-line
swivel, with a 3 foot dropper line of 10 lb. test line to a 2/0 worm
hook. The problem with the conventional Carolina Rig is that it is time
consuming to assemble and the use of heavy weight on the main fishing
line causes considerable fraying over a short period of time. With the
use of the Carolina Slipper the main line will no longer be subject to
fraying and the knot at the swivel will not be damaged as it would be
with the use of a lead weight on the main line.
The other advantages of
using the Carolina Slipper is that when the weights become snagged the
Slipper will allow the weights to come loose with out breaking or
damaging the main line. This will save the angler a considerable amount
of time not to mention saving the hook and swivel that would normally be
lost with the conventional method of Carolina Rigging. Carolina Slippers
have a number of other applications as well, they will work good for
trolling live bait for walleye fishing, and also give salt water surf
angles the advantage of a more versatile weighting method for that style
of fishing. Most all types of fishing weights can be installed on the Slipper, making
it one of the most versatile weighting systems on the