How to Texas Rig a Plastic Worm

How to Texas Rig a Plastic Worm
The Texas rigged plastic worm has been a popular lure for catching bass and other freshwater fish since it was first introduced to the general public around 1964. The Texas rigged plastic worm allows an angler to fish over and around structure such as sunken logs and downed trees as well as on top of, through and around heavy vegetation that grows in the shallows of lakes, coves, and ponds where bass frequent. A properly rigged plastic worm will not get hung up as it is being reeled in after encountering an object but will still have the ability to hook the fish when it strikes.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Thread a bullet sinker onto your fishing line with the pointed end going through the line first. The job of a bullet sinker on a Texas rigged worm is to make the worm sink into the strike zone where the fish are and to give the rig enough weight to be able to be cast for distance. Use a 1/16ths to a 1/8ths ounce bullet sinker if you are going to be fishing shallow water and up to a half ounce weight if you will be angling in deeper water.
Step 2
Tie a worm hook onto your line. Some fisherman will slip a glass bead onto the line before tying on the worm hook. The glass bead slides between the bullet weight and the hook and makes noise that can attract bass.
Step 3
Shove the sharp end of your worm hook into the very top portion of your plastic worm. The top end has obvious differences from the tail, with the tail being either flat or very narrow to cause the worm to look like it is swimming in the water when it is being retrieved. The top end also has curves on it to simulate the segments of a real worm and is thicker than the bottom end is.
Step 4
Push the hook in and bring it through just a quarter inch down from the worm's very top and pull the worm through the hook so that only a quarter inch of it is actually hanging from the hook. Move the upper portion of the worm-the head-so that it covers the eye of the hook. Then turn the hook so that the sharp part of it is now facing the plastic worm.
Step 5
Drive the sharp hook into the lower part of the plastic worm. Position it so that when you penetrate the worm with the hook the worm will hang straight down, giving it the ability to look as if it is swimming once it is being reeled in. Bury your hook into the worm's body until it almost, but not quite, comes out the other side. This effect makes the Texas rigged plastic worm able to be "weedless", meaning the hook cannot snag on anything as it is being brought back in.


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