How to Tie a Carolina Rig Fishing Line

How to Tie a Carolina Rig Fishing Line
Used to make a plastic worm move almost like a baitfish, the Carolina rig has elements of the Texas rig but is more complicated. The Carolina rig is an excellent choice when you're fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass. Follow these steps to learn how to tie one.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Rod and Reel Fishing Line Barrel Swivel Half-Ounce Bullet Weight Glass Bead Offset Worm Hook Plastic Worm
  • Rod and Reel
  • Fishing Line
  • Barrel Swivel
  • Half-Ounce Bullet Weight
  • Glass Bead
  • Offset Worm Hook
  • Plastic Worm
Step 1
Choose a line from which to make a three-foot-long leader. Pick a line that's two pounds less than the test of your main line. For example, if using 10-pound test on your reel, select eight-pound test for your leader.
Step 2
Tie the end of your leader to your barrel swivel.
Step 3
Thread the half-ounce bullet weight onto your main fishing line. Make certain the cone-shaped end is heading in the direction of your fishing pole and facing away from the barrel swivel.
Step 4
Put the glass bead onto the main line so that it sits behind the bullet weights, and tie your main line onto the barrel swivel so that you now have coming out of your fishing rod a bullet sinker, glass bead, barrel swivel,and leader on your line---in that order.
Step 5
Tie an offset worm hook onto your leader.
Step 6
Texas rig your plastic worm onto your hook by holding the worm at its top, pushing the hook in and through so that the point pops out only a half-inch from the top, threading the worm all the way up to the eye of the hook and turning the point so it faces the dangling worm.
Step 7
Stick the hook into, but not all the way through, the plastic worm. Leave the hook's point in the body of the worm, which makes it possible to pass the worm through grass and weeds in the water without snagging.

Tips & Warnings

 
The length of the leader can vary with water conditions and whether the bottom is muddy or weedy. As you fish this rig you will learn what length of leader works best for each scenario.

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