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Posted on Sep 17, 2012 in Short Strikes
Tactical Duplicity
by Dr. Todd Kuhn

My topwater sloshed mindlessly until the waterlogged Spook muttered Uncle. Other “can’t miss” favorites followed with nary a nip. Seems I was staring a no-hitter directly in the snoot.

On occasions fish shut down, seemingly growing tired of popular offerings. No matter the reason, when a fish’s fancy turns finicky show them something a bit off the beaten path.

The Carolina Rig is a decades-old staple of freshwater bassing crowd. However, this versatile tactic offers inshore, bay, basin, and backwater species a unique look in soft plastics.

To rig, slip a sliding weight onto your line followed by a few glass beads (no plastic beads allowed as they don’t chatter as crisply as glass). Tie a swivel onto the end of the line. Attach a short leader (typically about 14-inches of mono as it helps with float the bait) to the swivel; finishing it off with a light wire gauge hook.

Now here’s the secret: thread on a floating soft plastic. As the rig bumps along the bottom, the weight-and-bead combo stirs up silt and audibly attracts fish with its unique clicking. The floating bait suspends salaciously, presenting a tantalizing snack to otherwise lock-jawed fish.

Do you have any off-the-wall tactics that produce when the bite turn tough? I encourage you to share them here with fellow readers.