My topwater lure 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 lure 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.
How to Make a Carolina Rig
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. Finish it off with a light wire gauge hook.
Now here’s the secret: thread on a floating soft plastic lure. 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 turns tough? A Carolina rig for saltwater is a great option.