Angler’s Guide to Texas Rig Fishing
If you’re a bass fisherman or would like to become one, listen up! The Texas Rig is one of the most popular and effective ways to fish for bass and other bottom-feeding fish. Today, we bring to you the ultimate angler’s guide to this beloved technique to help you fish to your full potential!
What is Texas Rig Fishing?
The Texas Rig is a fishing technique using a soft plastic bait that is fished at the bottom of the water due to its ability to remain “weedless.” This means that the lure will not get caught, or hung up, on weeds and other obstacles at the bottom of the water. This is particularly beneficial for bass fishing, as bass are bottom feeders who love to lurk amongst weeds and under docks and bridges. The technique is simple but very effective and is a skill that any bass angler should have in their toolbox.
How to Set Up a Texas Rig
All you need to set up a Texas Rig is a rubber or soft plastic worm, hooks, and bullet weights. To rig, you’ll begin by threading the weight on the line. This rig can be fished without a weight depending on the depth of the water, but most anglers prefer to use a weight to sink their lure to the desired depth. Once you’ve threaded your weight, tie a hook to the end of your line using whatever fishing knot you prefer.
Now comes the most important part: attaching your bait. Grab your plastic lure and stick your hook about ¼ of an inch deep into the lure. Push the point of the hook through the lure vertically and pull the lure up to the eye of the hook. Next, rotate the worm or hook 180 degrees to ensure the worm is “locked” on the shank. Finally, re-insert the hook into the bait where it naturally falls so it sits straight on the hook, making the lure weedless.
If you need a visual tutorial – I know I do – here is a great one to help you master this setup!
Texas Rig Techniques
Once you've mastered the rig, it’s time to get to the good stuff. How do you snag that Largemouth Bass? Here are some tried and true techniques that bass anglers swear by when using a Texas Rig set up:
One of the most effective techniques for catching bass, this method requires slow and steady movement. Cast your line and let the bait rest at the bottom of the water. Slowly lift the tip of your rod so the bait will crawl along the bottom for 2 or 3 feet, and then pause to reel up the slack. Continue this pattern until the bass catch up to the bait!
2. Lifting and Dropping
This method allows you to cover a lot of area with a single cast but is best suited for areas of open water with no covers or overhangs. Like in the dragging method, you’ll want to start by casting and letting your bait sink to the bottom. This time, instead of slowly dragging, quickly pull up on the line for about a foot, and then let it slowly sink back to the bottom. Bass are most likely to bite while the bait is falling back down, so a couple of rod shakes while it’s falling may increase your odds!
Swimming is the best technique to use in the spring time when the waters are warm. You’ll want to cast your bait out beyond the area where you think the bass are concentrated. Then, wind the bait back in, changing speed to allow the bait to rise and fall to a variety of depths. The speed at which bass will bite depends on their aggression level, so if they’re not biting, play around with your retrieve speed to get their attention.
For more content and to see bass anglers using the Texas Rig in action, check out these videos:
Should I Wear Performance Fishing Apparel?
Yes! People often forget about the importance of wearing performance fishing shirts when you plan to spend hours on the water in the heat, rain, or cold. The fishing apparel you choose ultimately affects your performance and health. Long sleeve fishing shirts should have UV protection, moisture-wicking, anti-odor, quick-dry, and ventilated features. You should also have fishing shorts with multiple deep pockets, 4-way stretch, moisture-wicking, and stain-resistant fabrics. Sun protection is extremely important, especially if you fish frequently.