The Carolina Rig works well for catching largemouth bass. The rig is used mostly to fish deeper water around points, near weed edges, and on offshore structure. Some anglers use lighter weights and they have a lot of success fishing in shallow water for largemouth bass. Whether you choose to fish it shallow or deep, there are plenty of of live baits and lures to use with this rig. Nightcrawlers, fathead minnows, shiners, creek chubs, redtail chubs and leeches are the most common live baits to use with the carolina rig. Among artificial lures, soft plastics are used mostly, but don’t rule out a variety of other baits that may work well for largemouth bass in deeper water. Crankbaits, spinners, jigs, swimbaits and spoons can all be effective on a carolina rig.
Best Carolina Rig Baits for Largemouth Bass
Big Soft Plastic Worms – The Carolina rig works great for bigger soft plastic worms. Use this rig to fish deeper water. A quick twitch and pause retrieve will do the trick.
Creature Baits – The Carolina rig works well with creature baits. Most anglers use this rig for fishing deeper water. A heavier weight will help give the bait more action as you pull it up through the water column and let it drop back down to the bottom. Drifting with a heavy wind or a slow troll can also be productive if the creature bait has good action on a steady swimming retrieve.
Curly Tail Worms
Fork Tail Worm
Paddle Tail Worms