Bass fishing tips from West Texas Guide Kevin Burleson: Flats Plus Carolina Rig Equal Big Bass
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The advantages of a Carolina rig over a basic Texas rig -- are very -- depending on what kind of water you are in. We are in fairly deep water. If you were to have a Texas rig right on here, you would obviously need a half ounce or even larger and that would be right next to your bait, it just takes away all the action of the bait that you are putting in with a Carolina rig.
It's just floating behind, it's bumping from rock to rock and it's a real subtle look, natural look. Oh! Wow. Plus, it will kind of come up and over brush and grass and structure it down, a lot easier than a Texas rig. You will be constantly pulling it up and getting the grass off your bait and everything. But I find a real tough bite, especially on these really big bass, a Carolina rig is so much more effective. I guess because of that sort of look, a more natural look to it. It's not as herky-jerky and it doesn't bounce off the bottom as much as a Texas rig would. But I know it's very effective about here in this deep wide open water.
Well, back at the head of this flat, that we are fishing with a crankbait, it's 100 yards long, if not a little longer and 50 yards wide. We are going to come back and drift a fish with a Carolina rig and to do that effectively, it's a very affective method to cover a lot of water, we have got acres of possible areas that holds fish with no landmarks around at all.
So, again we have to drop a marker buoy here. We are going to mark where we start with our Carolina rig and we will come back up to this spot, drift down and you work it in a grid pattern. You can come back up here, move over 10 feet or so, make another drift, come back up, move over again.
Again, you need a reference point where to start or you lost that here and you are just guessing it, where you started and where you have come through, you will be working in the same water again. But anyway, it's always good to have a marker buoy when you fish in open water out here like this.
Oh! My goodness. There we go. There is one. Oh! Here is a good fish. Oh! Look at that fish. Oh! Here is a double-digit bass boys. Look at that. Oh! My goodness. Look, look at that big beautiful bass. Stay hooked, stay hooked baby. Oh! Come to me. Oh! I haven't seen quite as big as jaws as she has but, she is still pretty.
Alright. Let me tell you, in wide open flats like this, where nobody wants to come and fish, that's what you can end up with, big beautiful bass. Yes sir. There is nothing wrong with that fish. Now, she is still full, see she is just coming in, we are Light May and we still have spawning fish out here. They are coming out of these deeper water, 30-40 feet deep up to these shallower flats. Fish was caught in about 15 foot of water, getting close to being on bed. That's what's it's all about. Oh! yeah.