Snell Hook Carolina Rig

Here we have a pretty traditional rig.  This particular rig is known by several names, but I think it is most commonly known here in the US as the Carolina Rig.  I’m choosing this opportunity to also show you how to snell a hook, this is not required for this rig, but snelling is a very strong way to attach a hook and I think it is a worthwhile knot to learn how to do.  The process of snelling a hook is simple, but it does require practice.  They key to snelling is like many other knots, the position of the fingers.  Once you master this, you’ll be able to do these knots pretty quickly.

This rig consists of a weight (egg sinker, bank sinker, worm sinker, etc.) on top of a swivel and some leader down to the hook.  This is a very nice rig to bounce off the floor for flounder, snappers and other bottom species, but it also works great in mid-water for other species.  Unlike the dropshot rig, the line on the Carolina rig is free to move through the weight and makes this rig a lot more sensitive to bites.  Basically when the fish bites, it will be tugging directly on the line and not have to move or lift the weight, this, in turn, transfer the motion directly to your hands and fingers.  This is my favorite rig to sheepshead, which are known bait thieves and requires quick hook setting.  If you plan to go after sheepsheads, make sure you select the J hooks, not the circle hooks and use hooks on the small side.   For redfish or similar sized fish go with the medium hook and black drum or bigger use the large hook.

Again, like all the rigs we’ll talk about, the larger the weight (up to a point) will help you cast further and stay on the bottom when there is a lot of current.  However, the smaller the weight, the easier it will be for you to feel the bites.   This becomes more important when using J hooks the require setting when using circle hooks it less of an issue.