Rigging a Texas Rig is one of the most fundamental techniques in bass fishing.
It’s perhaps the oldest, most versatile, and most popular techniques to catch bass. Texas rigs can be fishing from less than 1 foot deep out to 40+ feet of water, and it can be thrown in the heaviest cover or dragged around barren banks. The versatility of this rig allows an angler to use many different types of soft plastic baits, sizes of hooks and weights to match the situation.
With many different variations, there’s no absolute “right” way to do this. But, there are some things to keep in mind to have the best odds of catching more bass. Beyond the many different situations and types of soft plastics to use, one of, if not the most important considerations to a texas rig is rigging it properly.
Experienced anglers can do this in their sleep, but a refresher never hurt anyone. To add, I see many seasoned anglers rushing to set up their Texas Rig and they don’t do it properly, and that really can affect how many bites you get.
Rigging A Texas Rig Step By Step
There are three main components of a Texas rig (well, technically 4 – I’ll get into that later):
Slide the Sinker up the line first
The bullet sinker is a weight that looks just like its name. The top is pointed and the bottom is concave. The reason for that will become apparent after we go through the steps in tying the rig. They come in a variety of weights depending on how and where you will be using it.
Tie the Hook onto the line
The worm hook is a special hook that is bent or offset from the eye, as you can see in the photo. Also, straight shank worm hooks are good for certain types of soft plastics and there are even special hooks made just for other techniques like flipping, pitching and punching. We’ll get into these hooks more in depth in other articles and videos.
Plastic bait of all kinds can be used in a Texas rig. Crawfish (shown in image above), worms, creatures, frogs, lizards, and more can all be used effectively.
Consider This When Deciding What Plastic Bait To Use
When deciding what plastic bait to use, the most important thing to consider is the action. When the water is cold (below 50) or anytime you believe the bass to be inactive and hard to catch, use smaller plastics with less action (see below).
When the water temp is warmer that 55 degrees or you believe the bass to be active, use baits with more and more action depending on the activity level of the bass (see below).
Those are the three main components, but there is a fourth part of a Texas rig that many anglers don’t use, and it can help you to catch more bass:
The Plastic Bead
The bead itself is an overlooked option by many anglers. The plastic bead goes in between the sinker and hook. It helps protect the knot on the hook. It also produces a rattling noise when the bait is dragged and hopped during the retrieve, which is really great for sounding like a crawfish crawling along the bottom.
This is especially good in clear or stained water, and anytime you’re sight fishing for bedding bass because it’s a very natural and subtle sound that can really help bass decide to eat your bait if they’re reluctant to bite at first.
If you want to fish a texas rig a little differently than everyone and help improve your odds of catching more bass, don’t forget about the bead!
Here’s what The Texas Rig looks like put together
- The image on the left shows the order the components go on the line. The sinker is put on first, with the point towards the rod, then the bead, then tie on the hook with the knot of your choice (Fisherman’s Knot, San Diego Jam, and Palomar are good ones), and then add the plastic lure.
- The image upper right shows the Texas rig without the bead. Remember when we mentioned the concave back end of the bullet sinker? It’s so it can snuggle up and protect the head of the worm and easily go through cover as shown in the picture.
- The image bottom right shows the Texas rig with the bead. Don’t forget your bead when texas rig fishing, especially in colder water or air temps and in stained or clear water!
How to put the plastic bait on the hook
- Put the barb end through the head of the plastic worm.
- Push the hook through and twist so the hook point is directed back at the worm.
- Put the barb in the worm far enough towards the tail so that when the line is pulled tight, the worm is straight from the eye hook to the barb. This is possible because the hook has that offset we mentioned earlier.
I hope these tips helped to inform you about the Texas Rig. But more likely, this post refreshed your memory! Please comment below on what you think of the Texas Rig and this post. Did I forget anything? Mess something up? What’s worked for you out on the water.