Keri May: The next three tips are going tobe about Texas-Rigging. Ott DeFoe: Texas-Rigging. The first thing that comes to mind is to matchthe hook to the bait, you know, to make sureyou’re using the right size and the rightkinda hook. You know, whether you need a wide gap or astandard worm hook or a straight shank hook. I carry all three and I use all three. So, you know, just different situations, differentplastics. Don’t have time to go through all that rightnow, but make sure you research it and seewhich hook fits which bait best. Next would be if I’m Texas-Rigging, I’d kindaconsider that a little bit of a finesse technique,most of the time, so I’m gonna use as lighta 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 lightbecause I want something a little more naturaland that’s what I’m gonna do with the TexasRig. Number three, would be, again, on your colors,you know?Keep it simple. We travel all across the country and I catchbass 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 differentcolors to catch bass anywhere you go. Brandon Palaniuk: I would say the same thingapplies with that, a lot of it, as the jigfishing, right?It’s a technique that you can fish in a lotof different situations, a lot of differentscenarios, and a lot of different baits, right?So, the first thing would be choosing theright bait for the situation because you cantake a Texas Rig, you can put a 10-inch ZoomOl’ Monster worm on it, you can throw a littletiny Flippin’ bait on it. So, I would say choosing the right bait forthose 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 timesit’ll be a little bit lighter. If you go offshore, it gets windy like itis today. . . Keri May: Like it is today, yeah. Brandon Palaniuk: . . . you wanna keep it downa little bit, so go with a little bit heavierweight. Then also, a lot of it is choosing the righthook, adapting that to the bait, you know?If I’m flipping, a lot of times I’ll go witha straight shank flipping hook. But when I move offshore, I like to go witha worm-style hook or something that’s maybea little bit longer and has an offset shankbend to it. Jacob Wheeler: Texas Rigs, okay. I’ll tell you what, I’ve caught a few basson 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 somethingthat absolutely catches them. But for me, when I’m Texas-Rigging a big wormout deep, I like to actually make sure myweight is not pegged. And the reason for that is when I bring thatover that brush pile, that weight almost free-fallsweightless, and so I feel I get a few morebites. So, if you’re fishing brush or fishing arounda 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 flippingthat is a glide bait, almost sorta like thosebeaver-style baits, you know, a Biffle Bugwithout the legs on it. Anything that glides, I do not peg my weightand the reason for that is because you wantyour bait to glide a lot more, you don’t pegit. Or a tube is a great example. If you’re Texas-Rigging a tube, it’ll glidea lot more if you don’t peg your baits to,you know, have appendages on them. So, your more cross-style baits, like a hammercross, something like that, peg those. So those are the three things that I wouldrecommend. Definitely works for me. Edwin Evers: Texas-Rigging, number one tipis make sure your worm is straight. I see so many people that do not line thatworm 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 hookingpercentage would be my second tip, you know,like a good Mustad Round Bend Hook. And then third, the fall rate, you know, Iwould just think about what size weight you’regonna use, you know?The lighter the weight, the slower it’s gonnamake you work that bait. The heavier the weight, the faster you canwork it. So, experiment with different size worm weights. See if it changes the amount of bites youget. Greg Hackney: Number one, for me, on a TexasRig is I’m 100% of the time pegging my weight,and the deal is that way, I’ll always knowwhere my bait is. The only drawback to not pegging it, a lotof times what’ll happen is, especially likeif you’re using a creature bait or somethingwith legs, that bait will get caught on somethingand the weight will pull away from it andyou’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’lljust use an extra small weight. But 100% of the time, I always peg my weight. Number two would be I always use a rubberinsert. I do not use a bobber stop. I use the rubber insert and the reason forthat, it protects my line from tungsten weights. You know, one thing that’s different, a lotof guys now have switched over to using tungstenweights instead of lead and those weightsare extremely hard and they have hard edgesand then I find they’re a lot harder on yourline, 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 ofrubber pegs because not all weights have thesame line hole and so, typically, the biggerthe 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 shankhook on all my soft plastics, so it’s a TrokarTK180. A straight shank hook will give you a muchbetter hook and land ratio on any Texas Rigbait, period. It doesn’t have the flex in it as an offsethook. Then, typically, fish the lightest possiblesinker you can fish to get away with. You’ll get more bites typically with a lighterweight than you will a heavier weight. And then, third goes back to fishing fluorocarbonlines. 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 YamamotoSenko. Texas-Rig it, you’re weightless. The other thing I will do is put a 1/8-ounceEagle Claw tungsten weight on there and ithas a unique fall to it. I peg that always and it has a unique fallto 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, Iknow I can tie that on and catch fish. And then, the Flappin’ Hog, which is justa 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 theCowboy, 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 comeinto the mix here pretty quick. So, bait choices for me. Senko, Flappin’ Hog, and Cowboy, and that’sit. Keri May: That’s it?Brent Ehrler: You don’t need anything else. Keri May: Simple. I like it. I like it a lot.