How to Use a Texas Rig


When one lure can be used for fishing shallow-water cover and deep-water structure, there is no mystery why it’s rigged up by most bass anglers on each and every fishing trip they go on. I’m talking about the Texas rig.

Being that this rig is weedless, it shines in situations where the cover is dense and other lures can’t go. Its streamlined profile also allows it to slide with ease through matted vegetation or alongside a deep weedline.

During the summer months, this bait can be used in a variety of situations, simply by changing up its components. If you are targeting laydowns or boat docks, you may be using a 1/4- or 3/8-ounce weight, but then if you move out to a ledge, weedline, or isolated brush pile, your weight may bump up to a 1/2-ounce. If you are punching matted vegetation, you could use a 3/4- or even one-ounce weight!

This rig allows an angler to use a wide variety of soft plastic baits, so depending on the body of water you are fishing, you can change the bait you are presenting to the bass. I’ve highlighted some plastic bait options below and where I think they shine:

  • Plastic worm: a big 10- or 12-inch worm is a great choice for fishing offshore ledges or deep water brush piles.
  • Creature bait: flipping these around shallow-water cover such as boat docks or laydowns generates big strikes.
  • Soft stick bait: Texas-rigging one of these with a small weight shines around scattered vegetation or weedlines.
  • Craw: good choice when punching heavy mats as it has a compact presentation and will slide through the dense weeds with ease.

To see how I rig and fish a Texas rig, be sure to check out this in-depth video:

Because of its versatility, I’ll always have a Texas rig on the deck of my boat. As the summer progresses, you should too.

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