or bass fisherman the Carolina rig is a great
technique to employ when targeting bass
that are relating to off shore structure.
Notice how I didn’t include the word deep water. The Carolina rig when modified can be used
to target shallow water structure that is off the
bank as well.
Besides being able to cover a vast amount of
water in a short amount of time and target bass that
are holding off shore, the C-rig, as it is commonly
referred to, is also a great way to determine what the
bottom content is and what structure is available on
Some forms of the offshore structure that a
C-rig shines around are underwater humps, laydowns
or stumps on river ledges, underwater points and
contour breaks. Over the past several seasons, I have
played around with this technique and employed it day
in and day out on the water and it has now become a
key part of my arsenal.
By adapting the components that make up a Carolina rig, an angler can employ this technique in numerous situations that they may see on their local body of water, whether it is a deep lake or a shallow river.
By examining each item that makes up a Carolina rig and how you can adapt, you’ll be a versatile angler on the water.
Line: For my main line, I prefer to use 15-lb Seaguar TATSU Fluorocarbon and for my leader I’ll use 12- or 15-lb test Seaguar InvizX. If I’m fishing around laydowns or stumps where my hook may get hung up frequently, I’ll go down to a 12-lb test leader as I can break just that part off and not my whole rig. The length of my leader will primarily depend on the clarity of water, for stained water I can use a leader that is 12- to 18-inches, compared to gin clear water, which will need a 24- to 36-inch leader.