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Bass Fishing a Texas Rig
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Bass Fishing - Texas Rig
By Bobby Ivie
I've caught bass on crankbaits, spinners, plugs and others. But for me, the most fun is plastic worms on a Texas Rig. Don't get me wrong, catching a largemouth bass is catching a largemouth bass, and I'd gladly catch one with my mother's toe nail if they'd bite it. What's my fascination with plastic worms and the Texas Rig?
Simplicity in changing baits from color to color and style, they are weedless and effective. But there's more to it. I love them because I feel they are more interactive and you have to fool the bass more than with other baits.
If you throw out a worm and just reel it in, you are not likely to catch many fish. You have to know how to work it and you have to be very patient in your presentation and when the fish hits.
Sometimes the strike will be like an explosion, and you and bass both know what's happening. Others it's very subtle. Sometimes you won't even know the bass has it until you reel in the slack and feel something different going on. Maybe there should be slack in the line but it's getting tight. Or vice-versa. Or maybe you can see the line going sideways in the water.
That's one of my favorites because you have to know the right time to set the hook. Set it too soon and the largemouth may not have it in it's mouth good. Set it too late and it might have spit it out. That's exciting; and frustrating.
The Texas rigged plastic worm (you can use it for other plastics, too) is very portable. If you want to hike around the lake and fish the shore, don't lug your whole tackle box. Just get a worm pouch, load it with a few favorite styles, colors, hooks and sinkers, stuff it in your back pocket and hit the trail.
Plus, you can change lures on the fly. Once your Texas Rig is set up, it's a matter of pulling the bait off the hook and sliding another on. No knots to retie. This gives you freedom to explore different colors and styles of plastics in a hurry.
In a Texas Rig, the sinker is a bullet slip sinker that rides freely on the line with nothing else between the rod and the bait (the benefit is that the bass cannot feel the sinker when it strikes). This drags the plastic bait down and allows it to bounce or swim along the bottom.
To set it up just run your line through a bullet slip sinker (best sizes are from 3/8 oz. to an ounce) and tie the line to a worm hook size 2 or 3. The twisted ones help with hookset.
Once you have the hooked tied on, run the hook tip through the end of the head of the plastic and push it in about a quarter of an inch. Now run the hook tip out of the plastic bait (belly side) and push the bait up the hook towards the eye. Bury the tip of the hook into the bait near the abdomen or egg sac.
Some people push it all the way through and snug the hook tip near the body (on the backside or top). This allows for better hook set, but results in more snags. I like to push it through just before it breaks out of the back where I can feel that it will pop through easily. If you do this, be sure to set the hook hard to penetrate the plastic.
When you cast the bait, let it settle all the way to the bottom and give it several seconds before moving it. Sometimes the longer you wait, the better luck you will have. Even 30 seconds or more.
Try different presentations from very slow to moderate (never very fast). I usually give the bait 1 or 2 short pumps, let it fall while reeling in the slack, then give it 2 or 3 pumps. Be careful. Always reel in the slack, but more often than not that's when you'll get the bite. They often hit it on the fall, so expect something every time you bring in the slack.
You can try longer pumps, like bring the line in 2 or 3 feet then let it settle. Try moving it painfully slow, try bouncing it quicker, try swimming it very slowly across the bottom and whatever else you can think of. When something works, stick with it.
Use the worms around vegetation and rocks. My best luck has been around trees in the water. Sometimes there will be trees that hang out into the water. These are hot spots for bass.
One trick I learned by accident is to cast the Texas Rig out over a weak limb hanging over the water. You want a weak limb because you want it to break or collapse when the bass hits, and it will. I move that plastic worm up and down, in and out of the water to tease and annoy the bass. If there's one there, you'll get a strike.
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Wormin' for Bass
By http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=G._Wayne_Byrd G. Wayne Byrd
Over the past several years the sinking stickworm has not only brought plastic lures back into the mainstream, it has produced an incredible number of catches and become a staple in bass boxes across the world. The Senko was introduced by Gary Yamamoto several years ago and this soft jerkbait has become a favorite presentation of mine as well as a solid fish catching bait in practically any condition. There are several companies who have jumped on the bandwagon and produced a similar stickbait. This list includes the Yum Dinger, Berkley Sinking Minnow, Tiki Stick, Strike King Zero and my all time favorite, the Gambler Ace. These worms are heavily impregnated with salt, which makes the bass want to hang on and not let go! Some of them are even coated with scents like garlic and anise to make them more appealing. I would like to discuss three rigging methods that I have found to be the most strike producing worm methods. They are the Texas rig, the jig rig and the wacky rig. We will also discuss presentation and color as well.
When you first study the stickbait, you might realize that it looks like a plain, simple non-fancy worm. Yamamoto actually got the idea for this worm from the shape of the old Bic Click ink pens. There is really nothing about this worm that really jumps out and grabs you. I have had people tell me "It looks like that worm won't do anything" which is precisely what it's supposed to do! It's been labeled the "do nothing worm" which explains the slow horizontal fall that the worm is most famous for. This horizontal fall drives fish absolutely crazy and produces a multitude of strikes. When the bass see this bait, they consider it to be a nice meal and something that will not require a big chase to capture. The majority of my hits have occurred while the bait is on the slow downward descent, but I receive many hits when the bait is sitting on the bottom doing nothing.
These stickbaits come in so many colors and combinations that it's impossible to list them all. When selecting your colors, take a look around you and see what colors are the most prevalent. You have heard fly fishermen say, "match the hatch", this is exactly what you are trying to accomplish when choosing colors of plastics. My best producing colors whether fishing in a tournament or just practicing on a local shore has been watermelon black flake, watermelon red, watermelon gold flake, pumpkin with chartreuse tail and my #1 color is Junebug. I would suggest you try these colors first and see how they fair for you as many of us fish primarily much of the same waters in Colorado.
I prefer to fish this rig with no weight at all unless I am somewhere down South where I have to punch through extra heavy weed cover to get the stickbait in the water. In Colorado, I have always fished this rig weightless. This allows for the slow horizontal fall to take place and will produce the most strikes. These stickbaits come in a variety of sizes from 3" up to 8". We will focus on a 5" and 6" model, which is the most used size according to all the manufacturers. Depending on the conditions and what size hooks you have available, you should try and use a 3/0 hook as a minimum and up to a 5/0 size. The hook I would recommend is the Gamakatsu EWG or the Gamakatsu G Lock. These hooks are sharp right out of the package and will ensure good hookups. The nice thing about this rig is you can run it through about anything and remain weedless. I use this rig to skip under docks, in and out of heavy structure and in thick weeds. This rig provides great hooksetting ability, as the hook does not have to travel through the plastic to get to the lip of the fish.
Simply cast the stickbait out and let it do its slow fall. Be sure to keep your line fairly tight as a lot of hits occur while the bait is sinking. You really have to focus on your line as fish will swim up to the bait and inhale it slowly and you won't see or feel a big strike. When the bait has hit the bottom and is just resting, I always let it sit there for about 2or 3 minutes. I know this sounds a bit boring but this method produces a lot of catches for me. After the stickbait has been sitting for a while, slowly lift your rod tip, then let it down and reel in the slack as the bait starts the falling pattern again. I like to give the stickbait a few jerks now and then on a slack line as it will dance around a bit and encourage nice strikes. One mistake that most anglers make is to set the hook too early when using a stickbait. When you feel or see a hit take place, just relax for a moment and allow the fish to take the bait before you set the hook. I know this can be frustrating and you are probably wondering how many fish you will lose by following this method, but when the fish actually takes the bait you almost have a guaranteed catch! Many times they come up to the bait just to get a taste and when the taste the salt, they grab it again and won't let go.
This presentation is used when fish are suspended and you are having problems getting them to hit. With a 3" or 4" stickbait and a 1/8oz jig head you can keep the bait in the "zone" for a longer period of time thus resulting in more strikes. I use 1/16oz to ¼oz jigs depending on the speed of the fall I am trying to accomplish. Depending on the structure you are fishing, the jig stickbait can be jerked, dragged or skipped across the bottom just like you would a bass jig or tube bait. Weed lines and ledges are a great place to run this bait as long as hang-ups are not a big issue. I like to go to this presentation when nothing else is working. It is a finesse presentation that will put fish in the bag for you.
This has been a favorite presentation of worm fishermen for a long time and it is just as deadly when wacky rigging the stickbait. You should downsize your hook a bit to a 1/0 or 2/0 size when presenting the wacky rig. I like to cast the stickbait out and let it sink and sit for a few minutes. I then began my retrieve, but instead of slowly raising my rod tip I shake the tip on the way up and then let the bait fall. You must be careful not to get the wacky worm in thick grass or structure, as the hook is not weedless. Holes in structure as well as weedlines that are adjacent to open water areas are great places to try this technique out. Sometimes you will just want to bounce the stickbait across the bottom by jerking it on a stack line, especially in shallow water areas. This will give the bait a swimming action, which will produce violent strikes. Rocks that are slightly under the water's surface are one of my favorite areas to focus on when wacky worming. I cast beyond the rock structure, let the rig fall and sit a while, then start shaking it up the far side of the rock. I will then bring it over the top of the rock and slightly shake it down the front of the rock. I was using this technique in a medium size farm pond in Larimer County Colorado several months ago and this technique enabled me to catch 11 smallmouth in the 3lb and 4lb range in about an hour.
G. Wayne Byrd is a professional bass tournament fisherman, who loves to help others catch more and bigger fish. He is a regular contributor to Fishin' Secrets with Eric Allee and Friends. http://www.fishinsecrets.com
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Plastic Worms - The Prolific Lure
By http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Shaun_Savage Shaun Savage
If you are catching a lot of Bass, then you are probably using the plastic worm. The plastic worm is a great lure for anyone looking to improve their catch proficiency and all around fun. This is a lure that can maintain a small spot in your tackle box, or a large one, depending on how well you are able to utilize this powerful bait. If you aren't using the plastic worm, then you are missing out on a lot of fun and a lot of fish.
What's in a Worm?
The plastic worm is one of the most straightforward lures on the market. If you can tie a knot, cast straight, and reel inwards, then you will catch fish with a plastic worm. The natural action is unmatched by any other baits, as they dart every which way in such sporadic motions, it's hard for a fish to resist. Plastic worms are created from a various array of synthetic polymers, making them react to every twitch and movement of your pole. The only problem with the plastic worm, is that it's not the most durable bait on the market. They will take a beating, especially if you are landing fish. However, the price is so cheap, and they are so abundant that this is hardly a negative worth mentioning.
You can use a variety of rigs with the Plastic Worm, such as: The Texas Rig, The Carolina Rig, The Wacky Rig, and any other crazily named rig you can think of.
The Drag and Drop
Cast your line out to a nice spot: a ledge, branches, fallen tree, drop off. Let the lure drop to the ground and reel in the slack. Raise your rod tip slightly and let drop. Reel in the slack again, and repeat.
The Sideways Retrieval
Same as before, cast at an ideal spot. Let drop mid way, and reel in the slack. Pull the lure to the left or the right, reel the slack and repeat.
Setting the Hook
It's important that when the strike occurs, that you drop the rod tip down and pull up immediately. You need to set the hook in the jaw, and avoid letting the bass swim with the bait. If you miss, allow the bait to drop and you could get a second strike, so don't give up!
As you can see, the plastic worm is a very easy lure to utilize and will catch you fish. If there are bass in the lake, you will find them with the plastic worm. The plastic worm has become the go to lure in just about everyone's tackle box over the years, and if you are not using one, then you are missing out!
Shaun Savage of Bass Fishing Tips HQ [http://www.bassfishingtipshq.com]
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