How to Tie a Texas Fishing Rig

How to Tie a Texas Fishing Rig
Anglers faced with thick vegetation in the water, brush, logs, downed trees and bottoms littered with rocks and boulders worry about their plastic baits snagging. The best way to avoid this problem is to use the Texas rig for your soft plastic worms, lizards and crayfish. Texas rigging your bait will allow you to fish without the hook catching on anything and prevents the loss of hooks and soft plastic baits.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Offset worm hooks
  • Worm weights
  • Soft plastic baits
  • Rod and reel
Step 1
Slip a worm weight onto your line. Run the line through the hole in the bullet-shaped worm weight's center, with the widest end of the weight facing the end of the line. Worm weights keep your Texas rigged presentation down in the water and their shape helps the bait pass through weeds and brush more easily.
Step 2
Tie an offset worm hook onto your line using an improved clinch knot. An offset worm hook is one with a 90-degree bend close to the round hole (eye) at the end of the hook. Another 90-degree bend offsets the remainder of the straight part of the hook (shank) from the eye. The worm weight can slip up and down the line, but it cannot pass by the area where you tie the line to the eye of the hook.
Step 3
Take the soft plastic bait in one hand and the hook in your other hand. Hold the bait, whether it is a worm, lizard, crayfish, by its "head" end and push the point of the hook into the very end of the head.
Step 4
Thread the hook through the plastic bait and bring the point out between 1/3 and 1/2 inch of where it entered. Slide the bait, now secured to the hook only by its head, around the bend of the hook, up the shaft and past the area of the hook where the shaft offsets from the eye. This offset area is what keeps the bait from sliding down.
Step 5
Dangle the bait now secured by the offset portion of the hook up by the eye. Spin the bait around on the hook so that the bait's belly faces the point of the hook. Push the hook into it, but not all the way through, so that the bait stays as straight as possible as it hangs, secured in two places---the head and belly. Keeping the bait straight on the hook makes it look more natural as you reel the line through the water.

Tips & Warnings

 
The size of your offset hook will depend upon the length of your soft plastic bait; the longer the bait, the longer the offset hook should be.
 
Do not push the hook all the way through the bait. When the hook remains buried in the soft plastic bait, it cannot snag on anything in the water. A biting fish will force the hook out of the plastic bait and into its jaw.

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