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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

• Summer Goals Not Met

I planned on learning something new this year and fell far short of that goal. I was planning on learning how to use the Carolina rig. Seeing as how I will be on the road and busy in September, I won't be able to fish let alone blog much. The Carolina rig is something many of us do not even bother with and others make it their bread and butter.

I did a lot of reading about how much line to rig up, what types of sinkers to use, and whether or not to use a bead or beads. I also read a lot about having patience. After creating my rig, I went to where I knew I could find bass. I spent a few mornings working slow and varying speeds now and then. I did feel a few things that seemed like bites, but came up with lots of nothing. I tried to make sure I used a sweeping motion for hook sets. I just couldn't stick with it. I also had a jig tied on so that if I had the urge to switch, it would be to something else I needed practice with. I didn't use brass. I used a lead 3/8oz bullet sinker. I had a few plastic beads and I did use a swivel. Some people consider a swivel one more weak point and don't use one. My leader wasn't very long stretching a little over a couple of feet.

The jig I tied on was either a 1/2oz or 3/8oz in blue/black with a black plastic craw trailer scented up with some Kick n Bass. I fished this a heck of a lot slower than the C-rig. I also made myself only cover the same area with the jig that I ran the C-rig through.

Fall is coming soon and I might be able to come back down here to fish in October. Maybe the shakey head stuff I've been doing will be a good transition into a C-rig and jig fishing. Those two techniques are just things I don't have a lot of confidence in. At least I know I'm not alone. Both techniques produce nice fish, but how many of us actually use either one?

I'll have to do a bit more reading, but for now I think both techniques have been put on hold as fall is almost upon us. The funny thing is, I have been using the split shot alternative to the Carolina rig for years now. It catches fish. Again, I must remind myself I was fishing a tough lake. Cross is not the best place to learn a new technique if you want to build any confidence. I definitely need to find a new spot because the current hot spot just isn't giving me any fish over 1lb.

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