Last week, we were talking about bass fishing worms; and I would like to show you some of the styles and ways that top anglers rig a worm for bass fishing. Generally speaking, there are two types of rigging styles for worm fishing, and that is the Texas rig and the Carolina rig. Each one has distinct advantages and disadvantages. The main difference between the two is the location and style of the weight. With a Texas rig, the angler usually places a cone shaped weight on the line, and it is placed right above the worm itself. With a Carolina rig, a circular weight is placed high up on the line, perhaps as much as 18 inches from the worm itself.
The Texas Rig
My personal favorite, and the easier of the two rigging styles, the Texas rig is best suited for use in thick cover areas. This is because of the entire rig being right at the end of the lure, and the use of a cone shaped weight provides sleek and easy passage through the water. If the lure does get stuck, generally a little twitch of the rod tip will loose the rig from the obstruction. But how do you rig one up, anyways?
You’ll want to use a hook that includes a barb or some method of keeping the worm all the way up on the hook. When the top of the hook is exposed, it will impair the action of the lure in the water, and be less attractive to the bass. Use a large, long shank hook to rig your worm. Place a cone shaped weight on the line first, then tie the line directly to the hook (not through a quick change or swivel). Then let the weight drop down over top of the worm and hook.
Hook (or use the included barb to keep the worm from slipping) the top quarter of an inch or so of the worm, and then push the barb through the side of the worm. Hook the worm again at the appropriate lower spot of the worm, in order to provide a straight worm from the top of the hook, to the bottom of the hook. Push the barb of the hook into the worm, just to the other side of the worm. This keeps the barb of the hook inside of the worm, and you’ll be weedless, and ready to go!
The Carolina Rig
The Carolina rig is nearly the same as the Texas rig, however fisherman generally use a standard circular weight, and they place it between two beads about 18 inches above the hook. They will hook the worm in the very same fashion as the Texas rig. But with the Carolina rig, the worm will appear a little more like a worm, and the fish will not have any confusion as they “may” have with seeing the cone shaped weight atop a Texas rigged worm.
So there you have it, bass worm rigging in a nutshell. I will be continuing tomorrow with the rigging styles for bass fishing, and give you some tips on different fishing scenarios, weight usage and more.