Orchard Lake

Catch of the Day

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It was a calm, cloudy, but drizzly august day for me on Orchard Lake. I’ve done so well on this lake in the past by fishing the deep bars and points that I just couldn’t resist trying them one more time, but this time I was going to use a subtler approach by using a split shot rig. This rig was gaining popularity down south at this time and I had also been using it on some of the Missouri reservoirs in B.A.S.S. tournaments as well.

The split shot rig was really nothing new to live bait fishermen. Folks have been using them to soak crawlers and leaches since the beginning of time. The only thing that seemed new to me was that anglers were now using them with soft plastic baits to fish for bass. In the world of bass fishing the split shot rig is a stealthy version of the Carolina rig. A Carolina rig is designed to make a lot of noise and commotion on the bottom of the lake, whereas the split shot rig is meant to be very stealthy and quiet.

I set out a marker on one of the underwater humps and started fishing, and it wasn’t very long before I had a four pounder on the line. I was using plastic worms and Baby Brush Hogs for lures, but you can use any soft plastic bait on this rig.

I also tried using a jig-worm to give the bass something different to get interested in, and that worked well too. The jig-worm is also a very stealthy bait, and you can fish it in the weeds a little bit, whereas the split shot will not penetrate vegetation very well at all.

watch the video below to learn how i use a split shot rig.

Related articles: How to Fish a jig-worm.

Lures Used: Split shot rig, Jig-worm. Water Clarity: Clear. Water Color: Green. Time of Year: Summer. Cover/Structure: Weeds, weedlines, humps, Bars, and points. Type of fish caught: Largemouth bass, and northern pike. Topics of Discussion: fishing the split shot rig.

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