One of the most rewarding outdoor sports and favorite pastimes is fishing. Fishing has been a part of human kind since the formation of hunting and gathering societies. From there, fishing was established as a way to provide food for consumption, and it would later become a hobby and sport. During the present, fishing has evolved into a multi billion dollar recreational sport, as well as a commercial industry that would rival the recreational fishermen in revenue. There are many different types of fishing that one can participate in such as fly fishing, saltwater fishing, big game fishing, and bass fishing. One of the most popular forms of fresh water fishing is bass fishing, where one uses a variety of artificial lures to catch their game. A lure that has been a favorite of the past and increasingly popular of the present is the plastic fishing worm.
The Carolina Rig
One of the most popular ways to rig a plastic worm for bass fishing is the Carolina rig. This rig is optimal for fishing where there is cover as well as uneven places because you can feel the weight dragging bottom. Some fisherman say that by using this rig, you can also identify the type of structure on the bottom as you drag the rig along and feel the weight bouncing off of rocks and other things on the lake floor. This rig is tied by first threading an egg sinker onto your line. After you have threaded the egg sinker, you should then thread a small green or red bead behind the sinker. By placing a bead on your line, you allow the swivel to move freely without getting caught on the weight. Once your weight and bead are threaded onto the line, you are then ready for your swivel. Tie the double loop swivel on to the weighted end. You will tie your leader onto the other end. The leader will simply consist of your hook and worm. When the water is murky, it is best to go with a short leader of about two feet; however, when the water is clear, you can use a leader that is up to four feet if necessary.
Fishing the Carolina Rig
Any rig that you may use will be useless if you do not know the proper way to fish it. When using the Carolina rig, cast as you would any other form of bait but keep in mind that you have a leader line to make up for, which will extend another two to four feet beyond your cast. When throwing into heavy brush or cover, this can pose problems if you forget about the leader. After your worm has hit the water, let it sink. Do not even flip the bell. Simply allow the worm to sink to the bottom and rest for a moment or two. This will give any bass that may have seen the worm hit the water time to ponder taking the bait. After the worm has set on the bottom, give it a slight upward pull. Tighten your line as you bring the rod tip down to almost three o’clock and then slowly bring the rod tip to somewhere around one o’clock. You should pause every few seconds. During this movement, you are likely to feel a strike. Bass are not like other fish, and when you feel them strike, you want to set the hook at that moment. When you feel the strike, give the rod a strong backward jerk. Bass’ mouths are very hard and it takes a little more pull to set the hook on their mouths as opposed to other fish.
Know the Basics
Fishing plastic worms can be the best choice for catching largemouth bass as well as other fish. Review a few ways to rig the worm, such as the Carolina rig, that best fits your needs and spend some time practicing your technique. Eventually, you will be catching largemouth bass like the pros.