Rigging the Classic: Carolina Rig

Carolina Rig

Since our previous post on how the Alabama Rig caught Virginia’s new state record Spotted Bass it has inspired us to take a closer look at the staples of bass fishing. In this initial write up BeermastersClassic.com takes a look at the Carolina Rig.

First, there are a million different ways to rig the Carolina. In fact, you can read other accounts for Carolina rigging here and here.

Simply, you need to add a 1/2 oz. bullet or egg weight to the line leaving about 3 ft. of line behind the weight. Then add your clacker maybe an inch down and a bead to protect your knot on the swivel  from the clacker. The swivel should be tied on an inch below the clacker so you need to cut the 2.5 ft of line left and tie on your swivel. With your remaining line tie on your hook and feed your plastic bait (worm, lizard, craw fish, etc.) all the way on and up the line 1/2 inch then hide the barb of the hook in the lure. Tie the hooked line on to the other end of the swivel and you’re in business.

The point of this rig is to get it in a place where you know fish are, then stimulate a bass to strike by literally putting the lure in front of it’s face. So, you need to cast near structure, but stay away of weeds and boulders or you’ll snag. The Carolina rig is meant to be fished slowly by pulling the bullet/egg weight up with your rod tip then real in the little bit of slack to tighten the line and repeat every 3 minutes or so. This allows for the lure to float up and down behind the weight and move naturally in the current. If you can get it in front of a bass, you’re in business.

Since fishing reports say watermelon and pumpkinseed worms are working on Lake Gaston then that’s what we recommend putting on the hook. Rule of thumb is to use light colors on bright days and/or in clear water and dark colors in low light or dark/muddy water.

Last, you’re going to want 3 ft of leader line (line between your weight and your lure) for every 10 ft of water you’re fishing in.

Check out John Mobley of the Florida Bass Network show you how it’s done.

Stay tuned for more on the Texas Rig and Alabama Rig.

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