The texas rig is a super universal weedless setup. It is a rig that most anglers start with when getting into bass fishing. A texas rig is very simple, it is a soft plastic that is hooked through the head of the bait then back through the body. Most anglers will skin hook the point so it is weedless. You can add a weight or go weightless. It’s a great rig to flip, pitch, and punch with. Again it is a super universal that will work everywhere. If you have been struggling to get fish in the boat or to shore then it is time you try the texas rig.
If you have kids and you want to go out to a local pond then the texas rig is the perfect setup for you. The true benefit of a texas rig is how weedless it is. This rig will significantly cut down on the amount of times you get hung up or have to pull grass or weeds off your hook.
Best Texas Rig Baits
With a texas rig you can use any of your favorite soft plastics. Below I will give you a handful of my favorite baits to texas rig. I broke it down into two categories: worms, and creature/craws. The baits at the top are more finesse baits and the baits on the bottom are more power fishing baits.
Texas Rig Worms
Texas Rig Creatures & Craws
Texas Rig Hooks
There are multiple styles of hooks that will work with a texas rig. Some popular options are straight shank hooks, offset hooks, and wide gap hooks. One of the main differences between these hooks is the hook angle when you rig them. A straight shank hook when texas rigged will put the bait at a 30 degree angle and the hook will be pointed up more. This will lead to sticking fish in the roof of their mouths. On the other hand wide gap and offset hooks will have the bait sit more flat on the hook. I personally like to use wide gap (EXG) style hooks most of the time. The reason I tend to use EWG hooks the most is soft plastics tend to last longer on them. When you have a hook that is pointing out you are more likely to get hung up and tear up the bait. So if you fish a lot are on a tighter budget EWG hooks are the way to go for texas rigging.
On the other hand straight shank hooks have their advantages too. I touched on it earlier but having a hook pointing up will help your hookup ratio. With the point up it hardly takes any effort for that point to dig in and catch. This will lead to landing more fish as well as getting hung up more and having to switch soft plastics more often. That really easy hook up is a big benefit for light line finesse fishing. So if you just want to catch more fish or are finesse fishing and are not worried about the extra cost of going through more baits then straight shank hooks are a excellent choice.
Finesse Texas Rig Hooks:
Straight Shank- Trokar Light Wire
Wide Gap- Gamakatsu Offset EWG
Offset- Owner Offset Shank Worm Hook
Heavy Cover Texas Rig Hooks:
Straight Shank- Owner 4X Jungle Flippin
Wide Gap- Gamakatsu EWG Superline
Texas Rig Hook Size Chart
|Worms under 6"||2/0|
|Lizards and 6" Worms||3/0|
|7" - 8" Worms||4/0|
|Beaver and Craw Baits||4/0|
|10" or Larger Worms||5/0|
|Creature and Flipping Baits||5/0|
Texas Rig Weights & Pegs
For a texas rig you are going to want a bullet style weight. I always recommend tungsten over lead because its more compact and transfers feel better. I like to use Vike Flippin Weights, they are really reasonably priced for tungsten weights.
The weight size you use for a texas rig will depend on a couple factors. The two main factors are water depth and how thick the cover is that you are targeting. A 1/8 oz weight is ideal for shallow open water. My most used size is 1/4 oz, this size is good up to 15-20ft and light cover. A 1/2 oz weight will handle fairly thick cover and depths over 20ft. For punching heavy mats 1 to 2 oz might be needed.
Pegging a texas rig is adding a bobber stop to your line and pinning the weight to the bait. There are advantages and disadvantages when it comes to pegging a texas rig. An unpegged weight will slide up your line and sink faster than the bait. This allows your bait sink slower and more natural. The disadvantage of this is your weight and bait can travel different paths around cover and get hung up more. Now a pegged weight has the advantage of being able to get your bait through thick cover and to the bottom. The disadvantage is your bait will fall fast when not in thick cover. If you are flipping into heavy cover then pegging is definitely recommended. In other situations going unpegged might be better. It really depends on your unique situation and the action you are looking to achieve. For pegs I use Peg X.
How to Fish a Texas Rig for Bass
It is extremely easy to fish a texas rig. All you really have to do is drag it across the bottom and reel up the slack. After reeling up the slack wait for a few seconds before repeating the process. If your line moves or tightens during the pause set the hook, a fish picked up your bait. When fishing a texas rig be patient and fish it slow.
With the texas rig being so weedless you can also throw it in light and heavy cover. You still work it the same way as open water. Slowly work it through the cover pausing every so often.