Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 33

Westernbass Magazine - FREE Bass Fishing Tips And Techniques - Winter 2016, Page 33


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

the lake.

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.

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