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Carolina Rig

Carolina Rig

my name is gene Jensen I’m with bassresource.com today let’s talk about a Carolina rig now question about a Carolina rig came up in the forums I think was last night it was about you know why why should I use a Carolina rig over a Texas rig well I’m gonna try to answer that question today and at the same time give some basics about the Carolina a Carolina rig is a rig where the weight is several inches above the hook okay and and that changes the dynamics of a lot of things when things when you’re fishing first of all like Carolina rig is consists of my sinker I like to use half ounce or bigger a bead a swivel and of course a hook okay now traditionally the way you rig these is you put the put the weight on line on your main line you put the bead on your line and then you tie to a swivel okay and then on the other end of the swivel you tie a leader however long you want it 18:24 I’ve heard of people fishing for foot long leaders a little tough to cast but they do it then you tie your hook on to the end of the leader and you fish it that’s all fine and dandy I don’t do it that way just because I found an easier way years ago to have a Carolina rig and be able to adjust the leader and it’s harder George in August what I do is first of all there’s several different kinds of weights that you can use for Carolina rigging use an egg weight you can use a bullet weight any kind of weight works what I prefer is a cylindrical weight some people call them mojo weights because they don’t get stung up as much and and they’re a lot easier to get through grass in the cast so okay back to the way I read it I put my weight on they’ll put a bead on I can either use a beat or not using these the reason a bead is used for a regular Carolina rig is to protect the knot from the weight because your weight will actually work away in a weakened or not okay and then I use what’s called a Carolina keeper it’s a product I found several years ago it’s a little piece of you don’t know if you can see it or not it’s a cylinder of plastic with a slit right down the middle okay what you do is you take the pliers and you squeeze that piece of plastic until that slit opens up into be a hole and you stick your line through and pull it down to about the length you want your leader and tie your hook on there you have it Carol Honore sinker bullet Carolina keeper and hook and the reason I like this Carolina keeper is because I can easily adjust the length of the leader just by reaching in with my pliers and squeezing that Carolina rig or Carolina’s keeper it’s sliding it down and I have about an 18 inch leader and I’m ready to go fishing if I need a length in it a link things right up Texas rig gets more for throwing to a spot throwing into a brush pile throwing to a stump going to to something a Carolina rig is if you’ve got a school fish on this flat or on up on a point or in the rocks you throw up in there and you drag down through over the point and over the over the rocks or over the flat and and cover that whole area work it really good a Texas rig you can do that with but I feel like a Carolina rig covers it a lot better and the lakes that I fish it has a lot of hydrilla a lot of milk oil sitting on the bottom and so when I do with that is I will adjust my my leader depending on the height of the grass I want my my worm to be well above the grass so I’ll throw up into the grass and I’ll drag that weight through the grass and that weights catching off with all of it and the worm is staying right up above the grass another reason why I’ll do a using Carolina Regas is if I want to feel the bottom I want to know what what is on the bottom drop-offs rocks stomps hard bottom soft bottom it really does make it easier to feel the bottom of that heavy weight and you’ll still catch fish another thing that I use it for us is it’s my big fish bait reason is this old weary bass will grab ahold of a Texas rig and they’ll feel the weight to it and a lot of times will spit right back out with the Carolina rig your weights way up above in front of your hook and it can’t feel the way they would grab hold of that worm and it’ll hold it for a little bit longer just set the hook there’s a lot of different baits you can put onto a Carolina rig lizards any any kind of soft plastics lizard lizards cross cinco’s French fries my favorite worm in particular is is the new rate still thumpa this is the 10-inch version and was actually talking to the to the owner of actually the inventor of the rage tale the guy who designs all of these baits and he said when you’re Carolina rigging it now most people will rig a bait with a hook tail like this with the hook up and he says no don’t do that rig it upside down what happens is that you’re dragging it along the bottom so the water catches the flange on on the tail and it kicks the tail up so you’ll drag it and it kicks the tail up and you’re dragging it kicks the tail up and the bass just absolutely annihilated another thing I like about the 10-inch worm is eyes are catching fish the tip always gets worn off we’ve got these nice little score marks all the way down and you can just cut them off at the score marks and you can fish it all the way down to about that long and fishing like a grub or anything else it comes in a tennis version also also comes in a 7-inch version called the baby pump I absolutely kill big bass on this on this one I love it and I’ll you know I fish all kinds of different things I’ll fish the st.

go and I’ll fish a lizard in the springtime absolutely love a lizard on the spring time on the Carolina reef all right let’s go fish a Carolina rig what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna Texas reggae or hook a 10-inch rage tale thumper nose hook a complete let’s just like it what it takes interior Gamakatsu WT wide gap this one’s only in three odd I think you’ve been very big and what I what I’ve done is I’ve already dipped this thing in clear JJ so she smells smells really good smells like garlic and and it covers up my scent and any other scent that the past might not like okay and what I’ve got out here cuz I’ve got a flat out in the middle it’s actually sandbar middle the lake and it’s got some stumps and logs laying on it things like that okay now what you do with a Carolina rig is I’m just gonna cover this flat and make a nice long cast then they let enough line outside sort of hit the world hit the bottom one once it hits the bottom I’m just gonna drag it just like this I’m gonna drag it with my rod out to the side okay that way this stays on the bottom I’m just gonna drag it okay now when a fish hits now that with the Carolina rig you do not want to set it over top of your head something about the weight being too far far in front of the hook and stuff like that it times it causes the fish’s mouth them to blow open and you never get over to extend the hook set you won on a Carolina rig it’s a low sweeping hook set to you when you feel the fight you pull up pull your tension realtors are mention and you set the hook to the side really hard either side doesn’t really matter just keep your rod tip low and and set it and set it hard and then just real efficient like I said you’re more apt to lose a fish if you hook it over your head that’s about it with a Carolina rig just drag it along hop it along feel the bottom


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