Carolina Rigging Tips and Tricks

In this video Tim breaks down everything you need to know about rigging a carolina rig. He covers the rods, reels, terminal tackle, as well as the actual rigging of the leader and baits. 
After last month's video on Summer Worm Fishing (see it here) we got a ton of requests for an in depth video on Carolina Rigs. 

The Carolina Rig is a deadly way to rig a worm for summer bass fishing. When the fish are on deep structure, offshore ledges, and other open areas you'd be hard pressed to beat it. Its also a great option for dock fishing when the bass move into the midday shadows.

The idea behind the rig is to suspend a weight (preferably a tungsten worm weight) 2-4 feet up the line from the hook. This allows the bait to float above the cover without the weight holding it to the bottom. When the largemouth picks up the worm it won't immediately feel the weight and will usually hold on to the worm much longer than with other rigs like the dropshot, texas rigged worm, shaky head, etc. 

Carolina rigged worms can also be adapted for finesse fishing by changing to a lighter worm weight, light leader line, and a 1/0 to 2/0 worm hook. When using a light rig you can change to a baby brush hog, 4" worm, small grub, or other finesse bait to catch bass when they will eat little else. 

Carolina Rig Baits we recommend...

Mann's Jelly Worm 12"
Zoom Ol' Monster Worm 10.5"
Uptons Custom 13" worm
Zoom Brush Hog
Keitech Crazy Flapper
Big Bite Baits Kriet Lizard

Carolina Rig Components...

How To Avoid Snags and Save Your Lures

Tired of getting snagged? Tired of constantly buying new baits because you keep breaking off? Would you believe you can avoid 99% of snags by learning to "feel your way" through them? Its true! In this video Matt explains how to "feel" snags ahead of time and work your baits through them before they're stuck. 

Whether you're throwing a big jig in heavy cover, flipping in heavy wood, or working a deep diving crankbait along the rocks, learning to feel when your bait is going to get stuck before it actually happens is critical!  Once you learn to feel them you can adjust your retrieve to avoid the situation.

If you are using a floating crankbait, stop to allow the lure to float over the coming snag. If you're using a shakyhead, texas rigged worm, or other sinking bait you want to pop the bait up and over the snag before it becomes firmly stuck in the rock or laydown wood. 

This method of avoiding snags requires very sensitive equipment. Its one of the rare times that purchasing high-end equipment is a must. Its expensive up front but you will save a lot of money when you stopping losing so much tackle. 

The equipment used in this video is as follows:

Rod- Dobyns Champion Extreme 7'4" 743
Reel- Shimano Curado 70
Main Line- Sufix 832 30 lb Braid
Leader Line- Seaguar AbrazX 12 lb Fluoro

Baits used in this video are as follows:
Dirty Jigs Stand Up Finesse Head (3/16 oz)
Zoom Trick Worm (Green Pump/Purple)

How To Catch Bass in Shallow Water

We've had multiple requests for a video on targeting bass in shallow water. We heard your requests and put together this clip. We cover the bases, starting with light conditions then move on to specific baits that we recommend throwing throughout the day. 

First, we discuss low light. This is prime time to get a big bite, especially in the warmer months. There are a handful of topwater baits that are phenomenal producers while the fish are up and active in the early morning and late evening. 

As the sun begins to get over head and the shadows shrink, its time to turn to subsurface reaction baits like spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, squarebills and swim jigs. This is the time to cover a lot of water and look for the last active fish before the midday heat arrives. 

Once you reach the height of the day, its time to pull out the finesse gear. Tim's first choice is the senko. Whether you fish it fast or slow, it can be deadly. Don't forget to look for small shadows on corners and overhangs to maximize your effectiveness. If the senko isn't happening turn to the thinner worms like the 6" roboworm or Zoom Swamp Crawler

The biggest mistake you can make is to camp out during the summer months. The temptation is to sit in one place and try to force feed the bass. Many anglers fail to realize that if you move quickly and cover water you will connect with active fish all day long. We hope these quick tips help as you fish these long summer days. Good luck out there!

Products recommended in this video:

-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 frog

Clearlake: A Day on the Water with Tim

Come along with Tim for a Summer day on Clearlake. He hits the water without knowing the patterns and just goes exploring. Watch as he checks locations and eliminates water in search of an active school of bass. 

From the whopper plopper to a frog to a squarebill, he explores the options before finally connecting with a great pod of fish! He does a great job of explaining his mind set as he makes each change and decision. In the end he finds his best success keying on shade patches with a Lucky Craft crankbait.

Play close attention to the way he breaks down the water and really capitalizes on every angle to get as many fish as possible out of the cover. We hope you enjoy the video and can apply some of it to your own fishing! 

Products used in this video...

How to Fish Through Algae Blooms

Algae blooms are a part of Summer fishing that cannot be avoided. Every year they seem to plague new fisheries and scare anglers away from the water. For us on Clearlake they're a part of our decision making 8 months out of the year. The fact is, blooms are here to stay so you may as well learn to fish in and around them.

In this video Matt discusses how algae blooms actually work. With a simple understanding you can begin to adapt your fishing locations, presentations, and colors to minimize the impact of the bloom. Simple examples are switching from natural colors to bright colors on moving baits, or switching from natural tones to dark tones on slow moving baits. 

Below is a breakdown of the baits and colors Matt recommends for fishing in algae plagued water during the summer months...

Deep Cranks we recommend in Shad or Chartreuse colors:
Strike King 5 XD
Norman DD22
Norman Deep Little N

Jigs we Recommend in either "Supermat Brown", "Blackend Blue, or "Go To":
Dirty Jigs Pitchin' Jig
Dirty Jigs Scott Canterbury Jig

Worms we recommend in Either "Junebug" , green pumpkin, or black:
Zoom Trick Worm
Zoom Swamp Crawler
Reaction Innovations Pocket Rocket


Summer Spooning Tips

Most anglers think of Fall or Winter when they think of fishing spoons in deep water but Summer can be prime time as well. On a recent trip Tim and Matt caught over 40 fish on a BladeRunner Spoon during tough conditions!

In this video they talk about why spooning works so well in summer and then explain each of their setups. Tim prefers a 7' rod coupled with fluorocarbon while Matt prefers a 7'8" rod with braided line. 

If you find yourself on the water during the dog days of summer and you can't find fish anywhere but out deep, the spoon is probably your best option. Don't be afraid to tie it on and start jigging through those deep water fish, you might just experience the best summer fishing you've ever had!