Texas Rig Worm Technique

The Texas rig is one of the most effective tools available if you’re targeting bass. It sinks to the bottom fast and can be fished very close to cover and structure. In addition, you can use it with a huge range of worm styles, sizes, and colors, allowing you to match your presentation to whatever the bass are feeding on.

Texas Rig Worm Technique

Texas rig worm technique is so popular because it allows anglers to cast the worm into cover without getting hung up. In addition, this weedless rigging style keeps the worm perfectly aligned with the hook, which is good because a straight worm has a more natural action as it falls. A Texas rig for bass is made up of specific components described below, but the term “Texas rig” can generically refer to the practice of hiding your hook point in a soft plastic bait to make it weedless.

Texas Rig Worm Essentials

Finesse Wide Gap Hook

The Texas Rig has been so popular for so long that many larger hook manufacturers have developed a complete line of hooks specifically intended for use with texas & wacky rigs. This hook is perfect for this fishing technique.

Texas Rig Kit

This 30-piece VMC Texas Rig Kit includes everything you need for texas rigging.

Mojo series of rods from St Croix

A fantastic choice for this style of fishing and is suitable for most other worm techniques. A spinning rod that measures 6′ 6″ or 7′ with medium power and fast action is the ideal rod for texas & wacky rigging.

The Texas rig is very simple, involving three parts: a plastic worm, a hook, and a bullet weight. OK, realistically, you need one more item—a toothpick to peg your weight or a pack of rubber weight stops. However, you can buy all the components of this rig in a convenient Texas Rig Kit on Amazon. Each piece is the highest quality, with durable painted bullet weights and strong, sharp Owner Hooks.

FAQ About Texas Rigging…

  • Best Hooks for Texas Rigging

The best hooks for Texas rig fishing are offset hooks. The term “offset” refers to the short, right-angle bend near the eye of the hook that helps keep the head of the soft plastic worm in place. When selecting offset hooks, you can choose round bend hooks or wide gap hooks, referring to the main bend near the point. When the hook is inserted into the worm, a round bend hook will position the point more in line with the worm than a wide gap hook, but the rigging is virtually identical. Texas rigs for bass often include wide gap hooks instead of round bend hooks if the angler has selected an especially bulky worm, where the fat body of the bait needs more room in the gap of the hook.

  • Texas Rig Kit

A common Texas rig hook size is 3/0, but you should have some 2/0 and 4/0 hooks. To take advantage of the rig’s versatility, you’ll want smaller hooks for slimmer and larger hooks for bulkier baits. Having a few different hook sizes in your tackle box allows you to scale up or down as conditions change. This 30-piece VMC Texas Rig Kit includes everything you need for texas rigging.

  • Best Weights for Texas Rigging?

Texas rig bass fishing involves using a bullet weight to get your worm into the strike zone. You slide the weight on your line before tying the hook on. You can fine-tune the fall rate by changing the size of the weight. Additionally, the cone shape of a bullet’s weight helps the bait come through grass cover and bounce off rocks and limbs.

Speaking of grass and wood cover, when you’re using a Texas fishing rig, you’ll almost always deal with one type of cover. So that’s what will determine if you should peg your weight or not.

Inwood cover, peg your weight. If you don’t, as you bounce through the cover, the bullet weight will fall on one side of a limb, with your worm falling on the other side. This makes it hard to feel a strike; at worst, it’s a recipe for getting hung up. On the other hand, with a pegged weight, you can bang the bait through thick brush with confidence—that’s a technique that commonly triggers strikes from bass buried deep in the cover.

Fishing in the grass cover is a different story. Do not peg your weight. In the grass, the downside of having your worm and weight get separated from each other is not a factor because there’s no hardcover to wrap you up. Allowing the weight to slide freely on the line can help create a more lifelike presentation on grass. In some cases, especially if you’re using a floating worm, your weight will be bouncing along the bottom, hitting rocks, while the worm glides through the weeds above.

Some say that a free-sliding weight makes fish hold onto the bait longer because they don’t feel the weight. They also say that it prevents the fish from throwing the hook because most of the weight is moved up the line, away from the hook. While both notions are grounded in truth, don’t let these factors stop you from pegging when you need to (i.e., fishing in wood cover). For more information about choosing the right weight for worm fishing, visit the Plastic Worms page.

How to Texas Rig a Worm?

After sliding the weight on the line, attach the hook using an Improved Cinch knot or a Palomar knot. At this point, you can introduce the worm to the hook.

When anglers first learn how to Texas rig a worm, it seems like a strange process to thread the worm through the hook in two separate places, but these rigging steps soon become apparent. It’s a way to firmly position the head of the worm near the eye of the hook and keep the hook point buried safely inside the plastic, all while allowing the worm to remain perfectly straight.

To attach the worm, insert the point of the hook straight down into the nose of the worm, about a quarter inch. The goal is to insert it as far as the distance between the eye and the first bend. In many cases, inserting the hook up to that first, sharp bend near the point is very close to the right distance.

It’s also important where you insert the hook relative to the worm’s body. The side furthest from the hook will be the side where the hook point will rest. With a lizard or a flat-sided worm, you’ll need to account for the shape when inserting the hook.

After you’ve pushed the hook point through the head of the worm, slide the worm down the shank until you reach the eye of the hook, then turn it 180 degrees. You can work the offset bend through the head with your fingers to make it rest securely in the bend.

The next step is of critical importance in Texas rigging. You’ll push the hook’s point back through the bait, but the insertion must be in the correct place for the worm to be rigged perfectly straight.

To find the right spot, hold the eye of the hook, so the worm and hook hang straight down. Next, observe where the final hook bend is located, the bend next to the hook point. Grab the worm in that location, and, using your finger as a reference point, insert the hook through the worm’s body right there.

Allowing the worm to hang freely in that step serves two purposes. First, it helps show you where to insert the hook, and it also helps you ensure that the worm is going to be rigged straight and not twisted on the hook. Most worms have a visible seam that can be used as a guide to verify that your bait is rigged straight on the hook.

With the hook point pushed all the way through, the worm should look straight, and the point of the hook should be positioned outside the worm but very close to the body and parallel to it.

The rig is almost finished. If you were on a body of water that had no grass or wood or rocks to get hung up on, you could start fishing. The hook point is so close to the warm body that the rig is semi-weedless even with the hook exposed. However, it’s best to skin hook the worm in almost all scenarios.

When your skin hooks your soft plastic worm, it’s the final step in making it completely weedless. Push the worm up a little bit and slip the point just under the surface of the plastic. Watch the video above to get a better idea of how to thread on a worm for a Texas rig.

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