The rig is weedless and snagless if the plastic is covering the hookpoint. It presents the worm both horizontally along the bottom if a bullet sinker is added or horizontally towards the top if rigged weightless.
It can also be fished vertically with a heavy bullet sinker in applications like flipping, pitching and punching. It's the best way to present a soft plastic bait in heavy cover. Keeps the hook covered. It works in grass, rocks, brush, timber and manmade structures.
The Carolina rig is made to separate the worm from the weight
so that the worm is a more natural horizontal freedom of movement. As you pull
the weight along the bottom the worm will dance and dart and suspend momentarily
behind the weight.
To tie the rig, you slide a bullet or egg sinker onto your line, then slide a bead or brass clacker on to the line behind the weight and hold them in place while you tie a barrel swivel to the end of the line. Now take a leader from 2 feet to 5 feet and tie that to the other end of the barrel swivel. At the end of your leader, you’ll attach a hook and then thread your plastic onto that hook either Texas rigged or Tex-posed.
Drop Shot Rig
The drop shot rig presents the bait in a horizontal fashion up off the bottom but is a tremendously effective way to fish vertically. In contrast to the Carolina rig, the weight is at the bottom, and the hook is up the line anywhere from a few inches to several feet. With this rig, you can use the weight to hold your bait in one place and fish it up and down, shaking it and enticing fish to come in and take a bite
Sometimes pull off wings and tentacles off for small mouth.