What Is The Mojo Rig And How To Fish It? | The Finesse Carolina Rig
I’ve been asked not to write about the mojo rig technique because it works so well. But I feel that time has passed. It’s time to give you a great finesse fishing technique that only a few anglers know or talk about and it’s called the mojo rig.
The mojo rig is an ultra finesse technique and is best used under extreme circumstances. The mojo rig is often viewed as the technique of last resort. A technique that anglers will use even if bass are not biting a drop shot bait! If the lake you are fishing just had a storm system blew through the night before and you’re left with a clear, cloudless sky and calm conditions, or if the lake you’re fishing is highly pressured then this is the technique for you.
In its simplest concept the mojo rig lightweight Carolina rig. It’s utilized a weight above the hook with a length of line between them. However, after using this technique over the last five years, I made a modification that uses fewer items, it’s easier to step up, and it’s adjustable.
The mojo rig will quickly become your ace int eh hole and because it can be fished nearly everywhere and will rarely hang up on rocks because of its lightweight set up.
What makes this modification different?
The swivel was replaced with bobber stops. The bobber stop will serve two main functions. First, stop the weight from sliding to the lure. Secondly, stop the weight from sliding up the line, thus preventing the weight from getting wrapped around something.
Mojo Rig Gear
Here is a list of what you need. You most likely have everything you need already
1) Use drop shot fishing rod (med-fast, ~6’6″-7’8″) paired with a high-quality spinning reel with a smooth drag.
2) Fluorocarbon line.
3) 1/0 worm or EWG hook.
4) 1/8-ounce Tungsten weight.
5) Glass beads.
6) Finesse fishing or drop shot baits
How To Set Up The Mojo Rig
Step 1 – Gather your gear.
Note: If your drop shot rod has a braid-to-fluorocarbon leader set up, you do not need to re-spool, just tie off a leader line that is 6-10-feet long.
Step 2: Put a single bobber stop on the line and move it up approximately three feet.
Step 3: Then slide a 1/8-ounce Tungsten bullet weight down the line and add a bead behind it. Then add THREE more bobber stops.
The beauty of using multiple bobber stops is important. Otherwise, I’ve found your weight will push a single bobber stop down to the hook when casting. I’ve found that using three stops if the magic number.
In addition, don’t hesitate to use more bobber stops if the weight you’re using is heavier.
Step 4 – Final Step: Choose your hook and your bait. Use a finesse hook to tie off. Start with a number 1/0 worm hook then you can increase or decrease the size depending on how the fish react to your bait. Choose a small bait. More oftesn than not a good drop shot bait will work the best.
As mentioned before it’s best you use a drop shot bait because they can also be used in this finesse technique. It’s preferred to keep the bait under 4-inches.
Sometimes it can be difficult to choose the right bait that will make the fish bite. That is why I wrote the post, Top 10 Drop Shot Fishing Baits You Don’t Know About, that was specifically written to guide and help you to choose the best bait.
Choosing a bait can be overwhelming because there are so many choices, but it’s so important to choose the right bait over the wrong one.
How To Fish The Mojo Rig
Very similar to fishing a split-shot rig, the most important thing to remember is to cast as close the bank as possible and work it out slowly with short pulls and hops.
The bite will feel mushy and you’ll notice the line start to swim away.
Best Locations To Target The Mojo Rig
1) Close to the bank, near a drop-off
3) Next to large pieces of structure – docks pilings, bridge pilings, boulders
5) Under overhangs – trees
6) Parallel to seawalls
Similarly, this is also a super effective way to catch fish during the spring spawn, BUT you have to shorten the leader down to only 6 – 10 inches.
If the fish are pressured. We will not add the bead behind the weight.
Be patient with this approach because it will work. Have fun and stay safe.
Isn’t there mojo weights on the market? Can I use a different type of weight?
Yes, there is. In fact, a mojo weight is only a cylinder-style weight. It’s the same type of weight found on small inline spinners. However, after years of fishing the mojo rig, I strongly recommend using a small Tungsten weight. Tungsten just works better. Tungsten is harder than lead so it’s more sensitive. Tungsten is nearly 40% smaller than a traditional lead weight so it gets snagged less often. And finally, it’s so easy to find and buy tungsten weights.
Can I use a weedless hook?
Yes, absolutely. If the area you know is free of any possible hangups you can totally use an exposed finesse hook. I’ve had HUGE success flipping dock pilings with my mojo set up via wacky rig-style using a small finesse worm or a Frech fry bait!
Can I use straight fluorocarbon line?
Yes you can. I know a lot of anglers who like to use fluorocarbon line when they’re fishing the mojo rig.
Can fluorocarbon fishing line get brittle in cold water?
No, to answer your question it does not get brittle in the cold, nor subfreezing temps of -35 F. That is why some companies actually make an ice fishing fluorocarbon line. Chances are your fingers would get brittle long before the line failing.
What is the best rod to use for the Mojo Rig?
I recommend a finesse spinning rod. Personally use it on the same rod I use for drop shot rod fishing. Want to find out what the best drop shot rod is? Go to my report, Best Drop Shot Rod for Bass Fishing [Review Guide], where I talk about the best drop shot rods out there and all the sensitivity issues I ran into.