The Carolina Rig is one of the most often used setups in the sport of fishing. Comprising of a sinker, bead, swivel, hook, and soft plastic, it can also be one of the most tricky and time consuming rigs to tie on. Luckily, we have you covered! Follow along with this video to learn how to tie on a Carolina Rig in under 2 minutes!
To start, gather all of your supplies: a sinker, bead, swivel, hook, and a soft plastic. In this case, we are going with a Strike King Rage Tail Rage Craw. Craws are great choices when setting up a Carolina Rig (or the more simple Texas Rig), along with any other soft plastic.
Your first step is so thread your line through your sinker. Bullet head sinkers work best, as the bead and swivel attach to them the easiest. Once you’ve threaded the sinker onto your line, before you tie the knot, add your bead, and slide it right on to your line and into the sinker. Then, tie your swivel onto the line. These 3 components, put together in that order, are what make up a Carolina Rig.
From here, you can add your leader and any presentation you’d like. We go with a Rage Craw, but you can use any other soft plastic. Creature baits perform great with the Carolina Rig!
The idea behind why a Carolina Rig is effective is simple: It holds your bait on or near the bottom perfectly, and can cover tons of water at a quick pace. The sinker both allows you to cast deeper and keep your presentation near the bottom. If bass are along the floor of the lake looking for a snack and you want to cover water quickly to find them, set up your Carolina Rig and hold on!
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