How to Rig a Basstrix

How to Rig a Basstrix
Basstrix swim baits have set the angling world on fire since they were first introduced by the company's owner Bruce Porter. Located in California, Basstrix has proved to be innovative in the creation of several lures and baits, however, the paddle tail swim bait has triggered numerous copies throughout the industry. Designed with a large minnow shape, the magic is produced by the large paddle at the end of the tail. This tail imparts a realistic swimming action that triggers fierce strikes. Rigging can be done in several ways, however, one particularly effective method is very productive and easy.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Basstrix paddle tail swim bait
  • Weighted offset wide gap hook
Step 1
Hold a Basstrix paddle tail swim bait in one hand and a weighted offset wide gap hook in the other. Compare the size of the hook to the swim bait. The hook should be about half as long as the bait. A 2/0 size hook is a good place to start.
Step 2
Rig the paddle tail swim bait Texas style by inserting the point of the weighted wide gap hook through the nose of the bait and down through the body about 1/2 inch.
Step 3
Push the point of the hook down and out the bottom of the swim bait. Work the bait around the weight located on the shank of the hook until the front half of the bait threaded on the hook is situated on the offset located just below the eye.
Step 4
Turn the hook so the point is next to the bait and slightly bend the bait. Insert the point of the hook through the body of the Basstrix bait and out through the top. Make sure the Hook is inserted through the center of the bait and out the top so the Basstrix will sit straight on the hook.
Step 5
Push the point of the hook slightly under the surface of the plastic paddle tail swim bait to complete the Texas rig and make the rig weedless. A weedless rigging will prevent the point and bend of the hook from becoming tangled in aquatic weeds, plants and grasses while fishing.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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