Carolina beads--- substitute.

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Arkatoothis, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Arkatoothis

    Arkatoothis New Member

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    Those of you that use the beads on your Carolina rig with egg sinkers heres a tip. You can use about half an inch of those little red cocktail straws ya get when ya order a drink. A lot cheaper. 2 dozen beeds is a dollar and you can get a pack of 100 straws for the same and they are 6 inches long... you do the math. Thats 1200 knot protectors. Throw a bunch in an old snuff can jab it in your tackle box and away ya go.
     
  2. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    Great idea! I just found 1000 of them for $6 online.

    FWIW, I get my beads from a craft store. MUCH cheaper than from a bait shop/tackle store. I am starting to run low so maybe I will try the stirrer thing and see how it works out for me.

    Thanks again!
     

  3. JBrooks

    JBrooks New Member

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    Or you can use surgical tubing from Lowe's.
     
  4. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    I tried using small rubber grommets but they end up sliding past the knot and down onto the swivel defeating their purpose.
     
  5. catfishfearme

    catfishfearme New Member

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    my wife broke some fake Jewry(sp?)so i use them, they were Perls sorry for the bad spelling tonight:angry::roll_eyes::cool2:
     
  6. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    I don't use beads, I switched over to sinker slides. Now I use bank sinkers with the slides because you can clip different size weights on without cutting the line!
     
  7. Biscuit

    Biscuit New Member

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    Go to walmart in the craft section you can find a bag for like $3.00.
     
  8. Eich

    Eich New Member

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    I think that I may just know another purpose you have in mind for those straws too. :wink: Isn't brainstorming great?

    Ray
     
  9. CatSlayer715

    CatSlayer715 New Member

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    i use the team catfish sinker bumpers. Love 'em
     
  10. ncriverrat

    ncriverrat New Member

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    hey im with ya on that one!!! fake cheap jewelry 4 me too!!!!! easy on the wallet:smile2:
     
  11. boombalaty

    boombalaty New Member

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    I use the little joiners that come with glowsticks
     
  12. Rollinunknown

    Rollinunknown New Member Supporting Member

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    i just started rigging like this . but i use thease things my son used for crafts in school they are like plastic and they melt them with a iron to make crafts ...

    i got about 500 or so for a quarter .. :wink:
     
  13. Catfishboy1995

    Catfishboy1995 New Member

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    i go to hobby lobby or wal-mart. hobby lobby is cheaper..and buy diamond plated beads....the price is 1.99 for 350 of them...CHEAP CHEAP!!!
     
  14. Redneck in a Skiboat

    Redneck in a Skiboat New Member

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    You can cut them about 1 inch long and slide them on gold J hooks and tie about six of them on some heavy line about six inches apart with about a 2 - 3 oz bank sinker at the bottom. Jig them up and down from a pier and catch Spanish Mackerel and bluefish. Only works if its the right time of year, other wise you'll look like an idiot. Here in SC it works in May and first few weeks of June. The straws rattle on the hook and look like the glass minnows that they feed on.
     
  15. brownie525

    brownie525 New Member

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    where you buyin you beads bro???? you can get a bizzillion of them from walmart for 2 dollars. I would be curious to see if the straws withstood a constant beating like a bead will?:cool2:
     
  16. SWeiss

    SWeiss New Member

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    You can buy costume jewelry and cut use the beads from them too.
     
  17. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    i just rob my beads from my daughter's bead and craft kit :wink::smile2:
     
  18. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Yup I been buying my beads at walmart craft isle for a looong time.
     
  19. Arkatoothis

    Arkatoothis New Member

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    They can crinkle and look like an acordian after a while but it does what its supposed to do, thats keeping the sinker off your knot. Plus its much softer than plastis beads... I never really understood the bead thing anyway. lead is really softer than the plastic and the pressure on the knot is spread out on more surface area than the tiny plastic...lol. just saying.
     
  20. smoothkip25

    smoothkip25 New Member

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    I use airline tubing from work. Never ending supply!:big_smile: