SET UP A CAROLINA RIG ON THE PRO SPORT MAG BASS ROD
The Carolina rig is an excellent setup for largemouth and smallmouth bass. This rig starts with a cylindrical weight and two beads. You can use a 1/2 to a 1 oz weight, in fact, the heavier the weight, the better when using this rig. The beads serve a dual purpose. The beads are there to protect the knots on your line, and they can also make noise that attracts fish. From the weight and beads, you'll have a separator known as a swivel. This swivel is just a separator of the line, which then connects to the leader line. The leader is a section of line anywhere from 18 in. to about 3ft. and it will connect to your lure. Finding the right leader length is not an exact science, so that's something you can tinker with to determine the right length for your circumstances. At the end of your line, you'll want to attach a 3/0 EWG hook. This hook is great for soft plastics, which is what you'll be using to attract the bass. You'll want a soft plastic that will withstand dragging along the bottom of the water. Once you cast, you only need to make your movements with your rod. So you'll cast out your line and reel up any slack, then pull your rod to the side slowly. Then you'll reel up the slack and slide to the side again over and over until you get a bite. Once you feel a bite, you need to reel up your slack quickly and pull the tip of your rod up to set the hook.
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