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Carolina Rig Noobie Looking For Advice And Tips

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Hi all,

 

I am always looking to try new techniques for bass fishing and the next one I want to try is the Carolina Rig. I have researched online for the basic rig and setup but I am still confused as what is the feel of the line so you know its time to sweep the rod for the hook set.

 

I bought a 1/2 ounce tungsten weight, clear bead, and a Carolina Holder to try the next time I am out on the water.

 

Any suggestions are welcomed that will make it easier to learn this fishing technique.

 

Thank you all :grin:

 

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It'll feel like someone tapped the end your line with a pencil, Then Sweep the rod and land the fish!

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You will doing a lot of "sweeping" at nothing at first. Then you will start gaining "memory" on how different strikes feel. Best way for me is I know what it feels like when I am just working it back, so if it ever feels differently, let er rip. Hook sets are free.

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Guys use just about every soft plastic on the Carolina Rig. My most productive is the

Rage Tail Eeliminator. Give it a try and see what you think!

 

 

 

 

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Thanks guys, will try everything you suggested. One more question, What lb line is suggested for the Carolina rig if I am using a 1/2 lb sinker? Is 12 lb fluoro too light?

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I  Carolina rig quite often, especially on days where we have strong north or south winds blowing me down the deep weed line, and they are not biting a moving bait like a deep crank, or a big football jig.  I just cast it out and let it drag with the wind pushing the boat. I like subtle baits for clear-ish water, and picky fish, like a havoc bottom hopper worm. If the water is colored up a bit, I'll put a bait on with some action. A good old fashioned 7" Berkley Power Worm works great, as do brush hog and lizard type baits.

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May I suggest you start with a slip shot rig as opposed to a true carolina rig? It's so much easier to feel bites when there's no swivel etc involved. Just put a bobber stop or two between the bead and the hook. You can adjust the leader length on the fly, and there are two less knots to tie.

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Put down the Carolina Rig, watch the grass grow, it's much more exciting  :dazed-7:

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To answer your question regarding line. To me, line size isn't so much about what you are throwing but where you are throwing it. 12# floro can be just fine. My lakes are full of aquatic vegetation during summer so I use braid.

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