Apply Leader Logic
Varying the length of a Carolina rig can make a presentation more effective. In tall aquatic vegetation, use a leader up to four feet in length with a lightweight hook and a buoyant soft-plastic to suspend the bait near the top of the cover or just above it. When the bass bite is slow, a long leader usually works well because it positions the lure higher in the water, where bass are likely to be suspending. When the bite is active, shortening the leader keeps the lure tighter to bottom, which probably is where the fish are. In heavy cover, it might be better to use a mono leader that's lighter than the main line, because if you have to break off the leader, you probably won't lose the sinker.