Get the slack out of your hookset


What red-blooded bass angler doesn’t like cracking a big bass on a big, slack-lined hookset? It’s one of the best feelings in fishing, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do in this situation. Whenever you’re fishing a Carolina rig, Daniels strongly believes that slack equals lots of lost fish.

“When I get a bite on a C-rig, I never swing on them like I would with a jig or Texas rig,” Daniels said. “I’ll drop my rod tip a bit and slowly reel until I feel the weight of the fish on the end of my line. Next, I’ll sweep the rod at a 45-degree angle for my hookset. At no point do I introduce any slack in my line. If you try this method, I can guarantee you’ll catch just about every one that bites.”

The next time the fishing in your area gets tough, make sure to tie on a Carolina rig. It may not be the most fast-paced action you’ll have this year, but it will certainly catch some of the biggest bass in the lake.