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TEXAS RIGGING BASICS

Basics for Texas Rigging

There are some advantages to the Texas worm rig over the old weedless-hook style of worm fishing. The biggest advantage is it's more compact and streamlined. We're using cone-shaped bullet worm weights instead of split shot or the old egg sinkers. the cone shaped weights swim their way through grass and other cover much better. Also, the hook is less exposed. Another great weight is the Mojo style sinker, which is a cylindrical shaped weight that is very versatile.

The real advantage, though with the Texas rig is the fact that it can be snaked, crawled, and jigged across almost any bottom surface.
Get hook, lead, worm and rod and reel Thread line through the lead Tie hook to line using improved clinch, palomor or Trilene knot Insert hook point into head of worm, thread down 1/4 inch Bring hook point out of worm, pull shaft of hook through worm until eye is at head, Insert hook point into worm body, keeping point inside worm.
Straighten worm on hook so it is straight, align eye of hook straight and insert just inside worm head

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FEATURES I MIGHT MENTION IS TO REMEMBER
FISH THAT DO NOT HAVE HANDS !
IF YOU FEEL A BITE.....SET THE HOOK !!!!!


This may sound like a stupid statement , but I have seen so many anglers ,especially those new to the sport, miss so many fish by waiting for the fish to try to pull the rod from their hands.

Personally, I am a line watcher....I would venture to say that about 80% of the fish I have caught never gave and indication of being there by sense of feel.

  Tips:
Use light 1/8 ounce lead for shallow water, bigger lead to 1/2 ounce for deeper water
Peg lead to line with a tooth pick stuck in it to hold lead in one place
Use smaller baits for more action when fishing for pressured fish.
Run hook point through side of worm, then pull back in to make a "channel" for better hook set.
Highly suggested is using a flourocarbon type line for greater feel. The difference in my opinion , is the difference between night and day with approximately 25% greater sensitivity. Flourocarbon line will transmit the feel 25% more than monofilament line and has the same strength, ( Special care must be given to flourocarbon lines when tying to the lure...... extra moisture is needed to cinch the line knot to the lure to prevent overheating of the line )

Improved Texas Rig---(Alternate Rigging Style)

With a regular Texas-rigged worm, you miss strikes because fish grab the worm behind the hook. But if you rig the plastic worm as shown below, the hook is far enough back to catch short-strikers. The sinkers are inside the worm, offering several other advantages:
They keep the worm from sliding down the shank when you set the hook;they won't separate from the worm, so pegging is unnecessary; and they're covered by soft plastic, so bass hang onto the worm longer. Here is how to make an improved Texas rig:

Thread the line through a plastic worm so it comes out about one-fourth of the way back. Simply use the hook as a needle.
Thread several 1/64- or 1/32-ounce bullet sinkers onto the line nose first and tie on the hook.

Draw the sinkers and the eye of the hook into the worm by pulling on the line; push the hook into the worm so the point barely protrudes. The worm should hang straight so it doesn't twist your line.
    






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