The Carolina rig is a great all year round fishing rig, and is fairly simple to learn.
There are quite a few modified variations for this that are used by many freshwater fishing anglers.
This can be considered as an extended version of the Texas rig, and also has the capabilities of being fished with by applying a multitude of different presentations and various techniques.
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A wide selection of soft plastics are most commonly used for these fishing rigs. Other popular soft plastics that are also used include:
Live baits are also another option that many anglers enjoy using with this set up, such as:
The size of your hooks should match the
size of bait that you
use. For most cases when using smaller baits, and small hooks to match,
the small hooks will be enough to get a good proper hook set in the
mouth of the fish. If targeting fish with smaller mouths, then
definitely use a smaller hook.
Bullet weights are ideally what is used for the
Carolina rig. Use lighter weights to allow for a slower sink
rate, and heavier weights to get the bait down faster. And even more
heavier weights should be used in fast moving currents in order to hold
the bait down in the water column or down at the bottom.
You can get away with using a heavy pound test fishing line as long as
your leader is light and virtually invisible to the fish. I often like
to use a heavy flourocarbon main line matched with an 18 inch clear
monofilament leader, attached to a barrel swivel. The leader can range
from 1 foot to about 3 feet in length. And it also depends on the
species of fish to determine the test strength of the line type.
For demonstration purposes, we are using the following, shown from left to right:
Note: You can use a variety of other types of baits or lures, sinkers,
hooks, with or without the noisemakers, etc., as you prefer.
Step 1: Tie your leader to your hook and to the barrel swivel.
Step 2: Run your sinker, clacker and
bead onto your main line and tie it off onto the barrel swivel.
Step 3: To set it up for a weedless style presentation, insert the plastic bait upside down into the hook and push it about a quarter of an inch through the head before allowing the hook point to penetrate through the plastic.
Step 4: Continue to run the head of the
bait through up to the eye of the hook.
Step 5: Rotate the head of the bait 180° around the eye of the hook.
Step 6: Determine where the hook point will end and push it through the plastic.
Have a look at our Texas rig
demonstration to gain a better understanding for creating a weedless