When you cast out a Texas rigged worm, be ready for a strike, since bass tend to hit this type of lure as it is sinking in the water after its initial splashdown. Always have your rod tip in position to set the hook, with it being a good idea to visualize the rod tip as the hands of a clock. Once you have cast out into water where there is no top cover of vegetation allow the worm to drop down and keep the rod tip positioned at between what would be two and three o'clock. This will allow you to set the hook if you feel a bite as the Texas rigged worm settles to the bottom.
After a Texas rigged worm has made its way to the bottom of open water you can use one of three ways to reel it back in an effort to attract fish. One is to drag the worm along the bottom slowly, which will enable you to explore the structure on the bottom such as logs and boulders where fish may be waiting in ambush. Another is to stop every now and then during a slow retrieve and shake your wrists, which will make the worm wiggle in the water. Another is to lift the rod tip up and then let it drop, reel in a bit and then repeat the process.
It is important to set the hook hard when a fish bites on a Texas rigged worm. When in doubt as to whether a fish has grabbed the worm, set the hook. Do this by reeling in any slack while bringing the rod tip to a three o'clock position. Then bring the rod tip back with as much force as you can. This is vital since often a fish will inhale a Texas rigged worm and the hook may be tangled up in its mouth, making it imperative for a hard hookset to bury the hook in the fish's jaw. If you feel a fish on the line but still don't think that it is hooked solidly do not be shy about setting the hook again.