The Texas Rig

Ah…the good ole Texas Rig. Being a Texan, you have to understand my partiality here. But truly, the Texas Rig makes a lot of sense when you are fishing deep cover areas that bass love so much. Deep cover plus shade plus an accurately placed Texas rigged worm can yield you some monster fish. The Texas rig has a distinct advantage over the Carolina rig, because of its ability to operate in much more “weedless” fashion. The Carolina rig is more prone to tangles and snags due to the increased amount of tackle in the water. But let’s discover the how to Texas rig and get ready for some great bass action:

The Step by Step Texas Rig Guide

1. The first thing you need to do is to trim the end of your line. Do this to ensure that you don’t have any frays or other impairments in your fishing line.

2. Find a cone shaped weight. Now the size of the cone shaped weight will depend on the depth of the water you will be fishing. If you are fishing waters that are shallow (6 ft or less) use a 1/16 or 1/8 ounce weight. From 6 ft to 12 ft deep, use a 1/8 or 1/4 ounce, from 12 ft to 18 ft, use 1/4 to 3/8 ounce, and for deeper waters, use a 3/8 or 1/2 ounce weight. Once you have determined the cone shaped weight size you need, slip it point first over the end of the line, and let it fall.

3. Attach the hook (currently I am using VMC with offset shank style hooks). I like to use a palomar knot to attached my hooks, as they are super strong, and have served me better than improved clinched knots. I have found that the improved clinch knot may have the tendency to slip when a large fish grabs on and pulls you for the ride of your life.

4. Bury 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the hook into the top of the worm. Push the barb through the worm at this point. Then push the worm all the way up to the top of the hook, allow the offset shank to use the 1/4 to 1/2 inch of the worm at the top.

5. Drape the hook over the side of the worm, just to get an idea of where the hook should enter, and exit the worm. Then push the hook through the worm at that entry point. Push the hook right to the edge of the worm near the exit point you estimated. Be sure that the worm hasn’t been twisted in any way.

At this point, you should be ready for action. Your new Texas Rig should have a cone shaped weight at the top, with a worm that has been hooked at the top, the hook then comes out of the worm, and circles back to hook the worm once again at the appropriate lower spot, but the barb is buried inside or right at the outside edge of the worm. Make sure that the worm lies straight from the eye of the hook, all the way down to its tail. If there are any twists or bends in the worm, re-set the hook accordingly.

Your new Texas Rig is ready to go! Set get out there are go get those bass! If you have any thoughts, please leave them for me at the bottom of this page in the comment section…

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