How to Tie a Carolina Rig Fishing Line

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Tying a Carolina rig, which is used to fish on the bottom, means using a bead to protect the knot after letting the weight slide up and down the line. Discover how Carolina rigs are good for finding structures on the bottom with help from a professional bass fisherman in this free video on Carolina rig fishing line.

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What I'm going to show you now is how to tie a Carolina rig. And so you need, a Carolina rig is used to fish on the bottom. You're going to be fishing like a floating lizard, or a worm, or even a jig, a sanko, a lot of different baits. It doesn't have to be any particular bait, a tube bait works good on Carolina rigs. It's just a presentation, so don't get hung up that it's a technique for a specific thing. It's a technique or a presentation for the fish. When they're more feeding on the bottom, it's good for in the spring, pre-spawn stuff. Carolina rig is also good to help you find structure on the bottom. So you're pulling your weight through, and you're dragging through mud and things like that and then when you hit gravel or some rocks, that weight's going to tell you what the bottom composition is. So use the Carolina rig to help you locate fish, but also to help you locate type of structure. Then if you find rock and you find a fish on your rock, and you want to fish it, then you can use different other presentations. A really good barrel swivel, you're going to get a bead right here to help protect your knot from your weight that you're going to be using. But generally you want to use a half once or bigger on your weight. Because you want that bait to be stand down on the bottom. And then your hook which you'll want to use is really just to match your bait. So if you are using a big bait, use a bit hook. I generally like to use light wire hooks when I'm Carolina rigging because I want that bait to be swimming as free and as natural as possible. If you're using a small bait, go to a smaller hook. O.k., so your Carolina rig, really good, let your weight slide up and down the line free, a bead helps protect that knot, and the weight, because that's a heavy weight being on that knot. And then you won't be breaking off, then your leader. O.k., then for this Carolina rig we're just going to use a giant ten inch Yamamoto cut tail worm. We've got a five ought Gamakatsu EWG hook, light wire red. Lots of different things here on the rigging. You can bring it just right up and right to the bend. What I like to do because I like that bait, this hook to be down, there's an egg sac here on the bait. And I like that hook to get as close to that, the hook point, to get as far back and as close to that as possible. So for this one, I'm actually going to thread this hook, this worm up on the hook quite a bit farther. So you can kind of see how far up or how far back in to the worm we're rigging this. And then because we don't have to worry about a weight, pushing this bait back on the hook, we've got you know, quite a bit up on here. This'll help keep your bait straight too. And then what we're going to be, burying the hook in the bait or a Texas rig on it, we'll hook it in. And so you'll push that all the way through, push the hook all the way through your bait, bring it back up, pull the bait forward just a little bit, and then just let it just slide right back up on to the hook. This'll help keep that hook weedless, it'll allow it to do that and then when the fish bites on it, the hook gets exposed and you'll be able to get a good hook.

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