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How to Use the Texas Rig

This is a very important soft plastic rig that will let you fish using soft plastic snagless shapes or worms into pieces of standing timber, grass, rocks, brush piles, etc that are too hard-to-fish pieces of cover. This Texas rig is simple to master and is used to fish for bass. This rig is made up of a hook, bullet weight, and soft plastic bait.

Setting Up the Texas Rig

When using a Texas rig it can be done using a stiff rod and heavy braided line or using a light rod with a light line. Although the rig is versatile, the basic set up is always done the same way. 

Basic Set-Up

  • Thread a one-fourth ounce bullet weight. To do this, insert the line all the way through the weight’s pointed end
  • The weight needs to slide up on the line to keep it out of the way so you can put on a hook
  • Tie a hook onto your line
  • Grab the plastic bait that you like and stick it on the hook. You want it in the middle of the bait. Make sure it goes in about one-fourth inch
  • Push the hook out of the bait’s middle. Then push the bait up to the hook’s eye.
  • Rotate the hook about 180 degrees. This is so you have the bait end tight to hook’s eye. The point of the hook is toward the bait.
  • Insert the hook through the bait again and make sure that the point of the hook is on the outside of your bait.
  • The bullet weight should be in front of the bait while the bait needs to be on the hook straight.

Rig Worm

Having a plastic worm on the Texas rig is a staple when fishing for bass. The finesse worm has caught more fish when it was used on this particular rig. This type of plastic worm is four to ten inches with a weight of one-thirty-second to one-fourth ounces and a 3/0 hook. The perfect size would be six to seven inches because it mimics most bass forage. If you use this type of size worm you should use a straight six to eight-pound fluorocarbon or mono line. Some prefer the braided line because of its durability but the choice is yours. When using this type of worm, it is all about keeping contact between the bottom and the worm.

Rig Hook

The hook that is recommended to be used for the Texas rig is an Extra Wide Cap (EWG) worm hook. It is like the straight offset worm hook but the hook shank bend is larger. There is also near the eye of the hook, a more pronounced jog. These are the features that will let the hook hold bigger plastic baits and worms better than regular hooks that some use with the Texas rig. It is easier to set the hook with the point of the hook set out away from the eye and shank of the hook. The one that is mostly used is the 3/0 EWG.

Fishing for Bass Using a Texas Rig

This is a very versatile rig for bass fishing. There are three different ways in which you can fish with the Texas rig. Each one has its own particular conditions and time of the year to get the best results.

Dragging a Texas Rig

This is the best method to use when the bass is lethargic, which is usually when the water temperatures are cooler or a cold front has passed through. Using the Texas rig, you can keep your bait right next to the cover so it will not get snagged. Just cast and let it drift to the bottom. Using two to three feet increments, use a sweeping motion and then after each pull, reel in your line. When you do this, it will create a break between drags, allowing the bass to grasp the hook and take the bait.

Lift and Drop 

With actively feeding bass in the warm water, this technique entices the bass to strike. During this time, the bass is generally tight to the vegetation.

Use short casts to the areas with wood cover or vegetation that are usually productive. After you cast, allow your bait to float to the bottom of the water and then you need to lift the bait about twelve-inches from the bottom. Then, you let it sink back down on the bottom again. When the bait is sinking down to the bottom is when the fish like to bite. Sometimes they will bite when it is on the bottom. On the pause, you can mix in some shakes of the rod tips to turn the bass into biters..

Using a Weightless Texas Rig

This technique is done not using a weight and instead, uses a jerk shad bait or stick work with a 3/0 EWG hook. Set the bait like you normally would but just no weight. The bait will have to be straight because you do not want your line to twist up. Cast out to shallow-to-mid depth in heavy cover or weed flats. Let your bait sink to the depth you want and then hold it steady and twitch it. Use slight lifts of the tip of the rod. The most productive way to do this is to do two twitches, pause, and then do two more twitches. Most bass will strike when you pause the movement of the rod.


  • The Texas rig is a favorite to use amongst bass fisherman.
  • It is one of the most commonly used rubber worm rigs.
  • When using this type of rig, all you will need to have are bullet weights, rubber worms, and hooks.
  • You can use straight shank hooks but the best hooks to use are the offset hooks. They will keep the head of the worm from sliding down the shank. There are two types of offset hooks; wide gap and round bend.

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Growing up on the south shore of Long Island, Chum Charlie has always had a passion for fishing. His favorite fish to catch is a striped bass and his favorite bait to use is bunker. Off the water, he enjoys blogging and sharing his favorite fishing tips & tricks that he has learned over the years.