Ultimate Guide to Carolina Rig Fishing

The Carolina rig is a plastic bait like the Texas rig, for its situation, the weight is altered over the snare as opposed to sliding down to it. Fishing a Carolina Rig is once in a while referred to as dragging “The Old Ball and Chain”; because of the outrageous love loathe relationship numerous deep-toned fishers have produced for the strategy. They despise it on the grounds that dragging around an overwhelming weight throughout the day isn’t about as motivating as flipping a dance or working a top water frog. They adore it however, on the grounds that it level out gets position when different strategies won’t or can’t.

The flexibility of Carolina rig fishing is difficult to beat. It works in a wide range of lakes, north to south; clear to recolored, and all through every one of the periods of the year. However numerous new bass fishers are reluctant to take in the Carolina Rig setup, maybe in view of the more included rig required. This guide will step by venture through every segment of the C-Rig and you will be prepared to toss it whenever you hit the lake.


The major Carolina Rig setup comprises of a couple of straightforward parts that when consolidated, make an unpretentious presentation that bass identifying with the base experience serious difficulties. How about we separate the Carolina Rig into 3 effectively absorb able areas to see how and why it functions.

Pole, Reel, and Main Line

Pole and Reel – The best pole for Carolina rig fishing is a Medium Heavy, Fast Action throwing bar, and a decent bait casting reel with a 6.3:1 or 7.1:1 rig proportion. The more drawn out bar permits you to make a long clearing snare set that can rapidly take up any slack line and the quick activity infiltrates the guide into the fish’s mouth. The higher rigging proportions help you to reel arrange immediately when making the compass snare set. Here are several great and moderate Carolina Rig combos that can likewise be utilized for some different applications.

Primary Line – Your line can be just about anything, or whatever you ordinarily use for different traps. The best fishing line for a Carolina Rig is commonly going to be 15-20lb fluorocarbon or 20-30lb interlaced line for the principle line. Since you’ll be making long throws, the low extend nature of these lines will help when setting the snare. Likewise remember that a bigger distance across line will have a tendency to get got in current progressively and can put a bow in your line that makes snare sets testing.

Weights, Bead, and Swivel

Metal – The most well-known Carolina Rig weight is a 1/2 to ¾ Oz metal slug weight. Metal creates more clamor than lead. There are numerous varieties you can attempt in any case, for example, a Mojo style weight that is tube shaped and can explore through grass somewhat simpler.

Tungsten – Tungsten weights have a few favorable circumstances in fishing a Carolina rig. Leading Tungsten is much harder than lead, so it makes a louder clamor when they hit the globule, and you can all the more effortlessly feel the base structure. Tungsten weights are much littler than lead and will come through cover without catching to such an extent.

Globule – When utilizing a metal weight, a red or dark glass dot will do the trap. The globule ensures your bunch and also makes a clicking clamor against the weight that can draw in curious fish to your goad. A tungsten weight can smash a standard glass globule, so utilize a dab like the Eco Pro or Vike Force Beads that won’t break.

Swivel – The swivel is straightforward. Simply pick a size 6 or 8 barrel swivel, or a size 2 metal ball swivel. These sizes are bounty sufficiently huge to handle huge bass and not get caught in grass or cover. I like Owner snares, so I additionally stay with Owner for swivels.

Pioneer and Hook

Pioneer – Stick to mono filament for the greater part of your Carolina Rigs. You may be enticed to utilize fluorocarbon since it is almost imperceptible, however recollect that it sinks and thrashings to entire motivation behind the C-Rig: skimming and coasting your snare off the base.

Snare – The best snare for Carolina Rig fishing is a counterbalanced shank wide hole snare. Pick the fitting size for the lure you are fishing. A few people incline toward a EWG snare for their plastics, and that will work fine also, simply utilize what you have trust in.


Most likely, you’ve heard the expression “coordinate the bring forth” sometime recently. It applies to Carolina Rig fishing as much as whatever else. The reptile, animal, beaver, and artfulness worms are extraordinary all around draws to begin with, yet in the event that you see a ton of shad in the territory, a tube or super fluke would be a superior decision. In the event that you think the fish are on a craw fish slim down, then change to a green pumpkin brush hoard or beaver style trap. I keep things straightforward purchase staying with a couple hues: Green Pumpkin and Black/Blue for recolored to messy water, and a Shad shading for clear water or when bass are pursuing trap.

  • Reptile
  • Animal
  • Trap Worm/Finesse Worm
  • Huge Worm
  • Tube
  • Fluke
  • Beaver


At this point you are beginning to see the rationale behind fishing the Carolina Rig. In any case, why precisely, is this rig so viable at getting fish?

Simple to Use – All you do is thrown it out and drag it back in, as moderate or as quick as you need. That is as basic a procedure as you’ll ever discover. It’s incredible for fishers of all experience levels, including kids.

Covers Water at Any Depth – The Carolina Rig is viable at about any profundity. You can cast to shallow weed edges, or drag crosswise over profound primary lake focuses.

Keeps up Bottom Contact – We are utilizing genuinely substantial weights on the rig, making it simple to keep up contact with the base. This gives you significant data about the piece and hardness of the region. This additionally makes it an incredible rig for fishing in solid winds.

Inconspicuous Action – The moderate skimming and drifting activity of the Carolina Rig is likely the most essential figure its prosperity. The movement of your lure is enticing to bass, and the clicking of the weight and dab attracts other fish to your trap.


The Carolina Rig is really a year round presentation. Utilize it to find hungry pre-produce bass and in addition recouping post spawners. It’s savage all through the warmth of summer, and can tidy up on bass when they school up in the fall. Indeed, even in the dead of winter, the Carolina Rig can urge nibbles from the most torpid fish.

NOT Rocks or Rip Rap – The slug style weight is going to get caught in the stone chasms, so abstain from utilizing it on tear shorelines. In any case, parallel throwing with the edge of the stone can be amazing.

Grass Beds – The sort of grass beds I’m discussing are only a couple of feet tall, not tangled up vegetation. Utilizing it as a part of the short grass beds can be extremely fun. Simply set you pioneer length sufficiently long for the draw to move at the grass finish and work the weight with a moderate lifting movement rather than the standard drag.

Functions admirably in the Wind – If the wind is crying and you end up scrambling for a Plan B, look to the Carolina Rig as an alternative that could spare your day. The substantial weight makes it simple to cast into the twist, and additionally still feel the base.

Focuses and Humps – Bass love focuses and bumps, so dragging a Carolina Rig over the highest point of them is a quick approach to check whether any fish are available. When you get a few, it’s anything but difficult to back off and attempt some different lures and put a stinging on them.

Edges – Fishing a C-Rig down an edge is an exemplary bass fishing staple. Thrown to the highest point of the edge and gradually cut it down. You can get the dynamic fish on top, and pick off inert ones at the edges and base of the edge.

Trench and Drains – These melancholies among the huge pads on lakes are bass magnets amid the pre and post bring forth stages. Toss the C-Rig up, down, and over the discard to check whether it’s holding any great fish.

Move Banks – When you locate an extend of bank that resembles a “no nothing bank”, yet then makes them change highlights like grass, wood, or shake, there just might be a base structure change. The Carolina

Rig permits you to feel when the base changes from garbage to mud, or mud to rock. This is the thing that a base move is called, and bass love these spots.


Utilize a Tungsten Weight – You are attempting to realize what’s on the base. Is it shake, sand, or rock. The way you take in these things is by utilizing a substantial, hard weight, and nothing does this superior to anything a tungsten weight.

Pioneer Length – Use at least 12 inches for a pioneer, as far as possible up to 3 feet long. Give the cover and condition to let you know how a chance to long your pioneer ought to be. Utilize a long pioneer in submerging grass where you need the snare to skim at the grass tops. Colder water conditions would manage you to utilize a pioneer on the shorter side. In solid current, utilize a shorter pioneer so your trap doesn’t escape, and you’ll never feel the nibble.

Pick the Right Rod – You need a Medium-Heavy, Fast Action bar since it has some tip flex to permit long throwing with the rig, in addition to some spine for setting the snare. An overwhelming activity pole is truly not a smart thought since you lose throwing separation and the snare set turns out to be more troublesome. Stay with a 7′ to 7’8″ bar to get the best results.

Try not to Overwork the Bait – Just cast out your C-Rig, and let it sit to the base. At that point all you have to do is a moderate, side clearing drag with your pole. Try not to utilize you reel to move the rig since it will move to quick. Utilize a periodic unexpected interruption or jerk to get the dab and weight clicking, yet there’s no compelling reason to try too hard.

Attempt a Walking Sinker – A mobile sinker is a walleye fishing backbone, however it can be adjusted to a Carolina rig pretty effortlessly. It will catch less regularly when you’re fishing harsh and rough zones.

Attempt a Finesse C-Rig – I have likewise heard this alluded to as a Mojo Rig. Essentially, you take a Texasrig delicate plastic and peg your sinker a foot or two up the line, with no twist. It is essentially a cut back adaptation of a Carolina Rig. You can utilize lighter weights, line, and bar and reel.

Keep the Bait Moving – The greatest conflict with Carolina rigfishing is not feeling the bite. Keeping the lure moving gradually will permit you an excessive amount of better feel when a fish sucks in your spur. You may feel the obvious tap, however ordinarily it is a soft dead weight feel. The greatest thing is to practice, and you will get the hang of it and not gut snare such a large number of bass.

Side Sweep Hook Set – When you feel a chomp or a delicate weight on the end of your line, reel up a couple turns, and after that make a long clearing movement to the side to set the snare. You would prefer not to make an upward snare set as you do with a dance since all that vitality will go into lifting the weight and not infiltrating the snare.

So, this is how Carolina Fishing rig works and we are quite sure that you’ll try this and make fishing more easy and fun!

Justin Anderson

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ron spinabella - July 23, 2017

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