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Rigs and Leaders for Spotted Bass

Click to enlargeEDITOR'S NOTE: Thompson of Eufaula, Alabama, has guided on Lake Eufaula for 34 years. As a full-time guide, Jackie deals with fishing all day, every day.

QUESTION: Jackie, the spotted-bass population has built up in Lake Eufaula, and I know that the Carolina rig is one of your favorites for catching these spotted bass. How do you fish it?

Click to enlargeTHOMPSON: Spotted bass like brilliant colors. They like a lot of bright green and chartreuse-colored baits. They like those baits on a hard bottom like gravel or clay. At this time of year, I find my spotted bass holding on humps in 8 to 20 feet of water. I’ll cast my Carolina rig out onto these humps to catch the spots. I’ll use a 12-inch leader that goes to a barrel swivel, which goes to my 17-pound-test line.

Click to enlargeQUESTION: Why do you like a 12-pound leader?

THOMPSON: You’re subject to hang-ups when fishing in deep water. When this happens, you don’t want to lose your barrel swivel, your lead or the rest of your leader. The 12-pound-test Mossy Oak Fishing Line is plenty strong to hold the fish, but if you have to break the line, the 17-pound-test will help you.

Click to enlargeQUESTION: What baits are you putting on your Carolina rig?

THOMPSON: I use a large tube bait like a lizard, or a 9- to 10-inch worm. If I’m fishing for spotted bass, I’ll rig with a 5-inch plastic lizard. I’ve had good success using the new Spike-It lizards with the holographic colors.

If you want to learn more about Jackie Thompson or fishing Lake Eufaula, you can contact Thompson at (334) 687-9595. For more information about top-quality Mossy Oak Fishing Line, go to


Check back each day this week for more about FISHING LAKE EUFAULA WITH JACKIE THOMPSON

Day 1: Fishing a Large Spinner Bait
Day 2: Rigs and Leaders for Spotted Bass
Day 3: Crappie Fishing Eufaula
Day 4: Thompson Fishes for Bream
Day 5: Double Down for Cats and Bass



Entry 305, Day 2