A Texas rigged worm has been a bass angler’s go-to technique since the 1960s. This method has become a classic and preferred rig for bass fishing for two reasons: first, it’s versatile. This rig works well for most fishing styles, whether you’re flipping soft plastics off cover or dragging your bait off the bottom. Secondly, this rig is super easy to set up, making it an excellent option for new anglers learning to target bass. So, please stick with us as we teach you how to tie a Texas rig.
Texas Rig Vs. Texas Rigging Bait
First off, let’s get something straight. There are two separate meanings of the Texas Rig that anglers often refer to that get used interchangeably. So, let me define the two for the folks who are just learning this technique.
- Texas Rig: Refers to threading a free-floating bullet sinker to the main line, then attaching a hook to the end of it.
- Texas Rigging: This is the act of working a hook through a soft plastic bait in a way to where only the point is exposed.
What You’ll Need To Tie a Texas Rig
Now that we have distinguished the difference between those two terms, let’s look at what items you’ll need to tie a Texas rig:
- Medium to a heavy powered rod with reel
- Fishing line
- ⅛ to ⅜-ounce sliding bullet weight sinker
- Extra-wide gap (EWG) offset worm hook or straight shank hook
- Soft plastic bait
How To Tie a Texas Rig on Your Line
Step One: Thread a Sliding Bullet Weight Sinker on Your Line
Water Gremlin Slip Sinkers
These 1/8-ounce bullet sinkers by Water Gremlin are durable and work fantastic for Texas rigged lines.
First, to begin tying your Texas rig, slide a ⅛ to ⅜ ounce bullet sinker onto your main fishing line. Your sinker’s weight will vary depending on the depth of the water and the type of cover you’re fishing. For example, if you’re angling in shallow water, use the lightest weight possible. In comparison, if you’re targeting bass in deeper water, use a heavier sinker.
Step Two: Attach Your Hook to the End of Your Line
VMC Heavy Duty Flippin' Hook
This straight shank hook by VMC is killer for flipping Texas rigged baits into structure.
Next, to complete your rig, attach your hook to the end of your main fishing line. The two most common hook styles used with a Texas rig are an EWG offset worm hook and a straight shanked one.
In comparison, anglers prefer using a straight shank hook in densely vegetated waters because their bait is less likely to get hung up on weeds. Then, others prefer to use EWG offset worm hooks in open waters and rig larger soft plastic bats.
How To Texas Rig a Soft Plastic Bait
Now that you understand how to tie this rig let’s discuss what Texas rigging a soft plastic bait entails.
Step One: Selecting a Bait to Texas Rig
Zoom Magnum II Worm
This worm by Zoom Baits is an absolute largemouth bass slayer when used on a Texas rig!
As we mentioned above, the beauty of Texas rigging is you can do it with virtually any soft plastic bait. There isn’t a soft bait that you can’t fish with this setup. Most importantly, remember to go up in your hook size with larger plastics. Keeping that space between your bait and the hook’s bend will give you a better hookup ratio for when a bass bites down on it. Here is a list of soft plastics we like to use with a Texas rig:
- Zoom Magnum II Worm
- Strike King KVD Swim-N-Shiner Lure
- Yum Lures Wooly Bug Creature
- Berkley PowerBait MaxScent Worm
Step Two: Feed the Hook’s Point Through the Worm’s Head
After you’ve chosen a bait to use, get ready to rig it. Start by puncturing the top center of the worm’s head with your hook’s point. Next, feed the tip a ¼-inch down the worm’s head and push it through the bait.
Step Three: Slide Your Worm’s Head towards the Eyelet
Then, slide the worm’s head up your hook’s shank until it is flush with the eyelet. The worm’s body should now be parallel with the shank.
Step Four: Bend Your Bait and Puncture the Worm Again
Now bend the upper portion of your worm’s body and sink your hook’s point into it. If you rigged your bait correctly, your worm’s body should press against the end of the hook with the point exposed. Also, there should be a gap between the bend of your hook and the bait.
Now You’re Ready to Catch Bass With a Texas Rigged Worm!
In conclusion, a Texas rig is an effective way to target smallmouth and largemouth bass. In addition, we highly recommend using a Texas rig for beginner bass anglers because of its versatility and ease of setup. Anyways, we hope this article helped you learn more about this popular bass fishing rig. However, if you have any questions, feel free to comment below. Or, if you enjoyed this article, then please consider sharing it with other anglers.