The Best Texas Rig Tips (Because They Work!) | Bass Fishing

Keri May: The next three tips are going to
be about Texas-Rigging. Ott DeFoe: Texas-Rigging. The first thing that comes to mind is to match
the hook to the bait, you know, to make sureyou’re using the right size and the right
kinda hook. You know, whether you need a wide gap or a
standard worm hook or a straight shank hook. I carry all three and I use all three. So, you know, just different situations, different
plastics. Don’t have time to go through all that right
now, but make sure you research it and seewhich hook fits which bait best. Next would be if I’m Texas-Rigging, I’d kinda
consider that a little bit of a finesse technique,most of the time, so I’m gonna use as light
a weight as possible where with a jig, sometimesI’ll go heavier and try to get more of a reaction. With a Texas Rig, I’m typically gonna go light
because I want something a little more naturaland that’s what I’m gonna do with the Texas
Rig. Number three, would be, again, on your colors,
you know?Keep it simple. We travel all across the country and I catch
bass on say, a Bass Pro River Bug. I carry about five or six colors. I use three of them a lot. Keri May: Keep it simple. Ott DeFoe: Right. You don’t need a whole bunch of different
colors to catch bass anywhere you go. Brandon Palaniuk: I would say the same thing
applies with that, a lot of it, as the jigfishing, right?It’s a technique that you can fish in a lot
of different situations, a lot of differentscenarios, and a lot of different baits, right?So, the first thing would be choosing the
right bait for the situation because you cantake a Texas Rig, you can put a 10-inch Zoom
Ol’ Monster worm on it, you can throw a littletiny Flippin’ bait on it. So, I would say choosing the right bait for
those situations and then, I would say a lotof it’s the same. Choosing the right weight size, right?If I’m fishing up shallow, a lot of times
it’ll be a little bit lighter. If you go offshore, it gets windy like it
is today. . . Keri May: Like it is today, yeah. Brandon Palaniuk: . . . you wanna keep it down
a little bit, so go with a little bit heavierweight. Then also, a lot of it is choosing the right
hook, adapting that to the bait, you know?If I’m flipping, a lot of times I’ll go with
a straight shank flipping hook. But when I move offshore, I like to go with
a worm-style hook or something that’s maybea little bit longer and has an offset shank
bend to it. Jacob Wheeler: Texas Rigs, okay. I’ll tell you what, I’ve caught a few bass
on Texas Rigs in my day and Texas Rigs definitelywill play no matter where you’re at. But my favorite thing with Texas Rig, no doubt,
is a 10-inch worm in the summertime. Throwing it around brush piles, it’s something
that absolutely catches them. But for me, when I’m Texas-Rigging a big worm
out deep, I like to actually make sure myweight is not pegged. And the reason for that is when I bring that
over that brush pile, that weight almost free-fallsweightless, and so I feel I get a few more
bites. So, if you’re fishing brush or fishing around
a lot of cover a little bit offshore, stoppegging your weight. You might get a few more bites. Also, when I’m fishing a bait that I’m flipping
that is a glide bait, almost sorta like thosebeaver-style baits, you know, a Biffle Bug
without the legs on it. Anything that glides, I do not peg my weight
and the reason for that is because you wantyour bait to glide a lot more, you don’t peg
it. Or a tube is a great example. If you’re Texas-Rigging a tube, it’ll glide
a lot more if you don’t peg your baits to,you know, have appendages on them. So, your more cross-style baits, like a hammer
cross, something like that, peg those. So those are the three things that I would
recommend. Definitely works for me. Edwin Evers: Texas-Rigging, number one tip
is make sure your worm is straight. I see so many people that do not line that
worm up with the seam. You know, there’s a seam where that mold closes. Make sure your worm’s straight. You know, I really prefer a round bend hook. You just have the best. . . the best hooking
percentage would be my second tip, you know,like a good Mustad Round Bend Hook. And then third, the fall rate, you know, I
would just think about what size weight you’regonna use, you know?The lighter the weight, the slower it’s gonna
make you work that bait. The heavier the weight, the faster you can
work it. So, experiment with different size worm weights. See if it changes the amount of bites you
get. Greg Hackney: Number one, for me, on a Texas
Rig is I’m 100% of the time pegging my weight,and the deal is that way, I’ll always know
where my bait is. The only drawback to not pegging it, a lot
of times what’ll happen is, especially likeif you’re using a creature bait or something
with legs, that bait will get caught on somethingand the weight will pull away from it and
you’ve about wasted the cast because the baitdidn’t go where you wanted it to. And so, if I want the bait to fall slow, I’ll
just use an extra small weight. But 100% of the time, I always peg my weight. Number two would be I always use a rubber
insert. I do not use a bobber stop. I use the rubber insert and the reason for
that, it protects my line from tungsten weights. You know, one thing that’s different, a lot
of guys now have switched over to using tungstenweights instead of lead and those weights
are extremely hard and they have hard edgesand then I find they’re a lot harder on your
line, regardless if you’re using braid oryou’re using fluorocarbon. So, I always use the rubber peg. The other deal is have a good selection of
rubber pegs because not all weights have thesame line hole and so, typically, the bigger
the weight, the bigger the hole. So, there are pegs made for the bigger weights. Keri May: Oh, great tips. Great tips. Skeet Reese: Yes, I fish a straight shank
hook on all my soft plastics, so it’s a TrokarTK180. A straight shank hook will give you a much
better hook and land ratio on any Texas Rigbait, period. It doesn’t have the flex in it as an offset
hook. Then, typically, fish the lightest possible
sinker you can fish to get away with. You’ll get more bites typically with a lighter
weight than you will a heavier weight. And then, third goes back to fishing fluorocarbon
lines. So, for me, it’s Trilene. That’ll help you get more bites. Brent Ehrler: Top three tricks or tips. Keri May: Could be tricks too. Brent Ehrler: Tricks, tips. You know, let’s go bait choices. Number one, for me, is actually a Yamamoto
Senko. Texas-Rig it, you’re weightless. The other thing I will do is put a 1/8-ounce
Eagle Claw tungsten weight on there and ithas a unique fall to it. I peg that always and it has a unique fall
to it and if I’m in trouble anywhere, that’sa bait that I know will catch fish. If I don’t know anything about the lake, I
know I can tie that on and catch fish. And then, the Flappin’ Hog, which is just
a beaver-style bait, very subtle. You can flip with it, you can pitch with it,
you can cast with it, you can do everythingwith it. They have a brand new bait out called the
Cowboy, which I have just started to use,and I think that that’s gonna be, you know,
something that’s gonna come into play bigtime for me in the future. It’s literally brand new. I got them about five days ago. It’s that new. So, that’s something that will probably come
into the mix here pretty quick. So, bait choices for me. Senko, Flappin’ Hog, and Cowboy, and that’s
it. Keri May: That’s it?Brent Ehrler: You don’t need anything else. Keri May: Simple. I like it. I like it a lot.

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