Easy Texas Rig Tricks: Best Worms and Creature Baits

An in-depth look at Texas rig fishing for bass. Tim covers which baits catch the most fish, how to rig the bait, when to peg your weight, and which hooks work best. Whether you’re fishing a senko from shore on a small pond, our punching grass on a huge lake, the Texas rig is a great option to catch more bass.

There are 4 key Texas rigging styles that a well-rounded angler should understand how to use. They are Weightless Texas rigging (typically stick baits, flukes, etc…), Texas rig worms (curly tails and speed worms), Texas rigged creature baits (beavers, brush hogs, man bear pigs, etc), and punching heavy cover (heavy tungsten and a creature bait). Mastering all 4 methods will open a lot of doors for you as an angler.

Don’t let the broadness of the category scare you away. A simple 3/16 ounce free floating weight, a small hook, and a little worm or creature will catch a ton of bass under nearly any conditions. After you get comfortable with that setup you can begin branching out and trying the other styles. Below is a breakdown of Tim’s favorite baits and equipment for the technique.

Weightless Style…
Worm- 6″ Senko: http://bit.ly/2axAmNS
(Green Pumpkin/Blk Flake, Watermelon/Red)
Hook- 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Light Texas Rig Worms…
-7″ Berkeley Power Worm: http://bit.ly/2ouqzSU
-Zoom Speed Worm: http://bit.ly/2v2HLlh
-Strike King Cut R Worm: http://bit.ly/2H4KfGQ
-10″ PowerWorm: http://bit.ly/2cxomPX
-8″ Bull Worm: http://bit.ly/2Iqhy3w

Light Texas Rig Creature Baits…
-Zoom Brush hog: http://bit.ly/2bnpCRx
-Zoom baby brush hog: http://bit.ly/2bnpCRx
-Strike King Game Hog: http://bit.ly/2pfGxir
-Reaction Innovations Man Bear Pig: http://bit.ly/2s51oIV

Terminal For the Light Rig…
Tungsten Weight- Strike King Tour Grade 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2bo4NZf
Lead Weight- Eagle Claw 3/16 oz: http://bit.ly/2tEcZfq
Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk
Hook- 1/0 Offset Owner Worm Hook (7″ Berkeley): http://bit.ly/2D9Pmj0
Hook- 2/0 Offset Gamakatsu Worm Hook (Most worms): http://bit.ly/2d07gvp
Hook- 4/0 EWG Superline (Most creatures): http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Punch Baits…
-Jackall Archelon: http://bit.ly/2uo4sN5
-Missile Baits D-Bomb: http://bit.ly/2d2dVlt
-Reaction Innovations Sweet Beaver: http://bit.ly/29W3RZW
-Strike King Rage Craw: http://bit.ly/2uoqsLJ

Terminal Tackle for Punching…
Tungsten Weight- River2Sea Trash Bomb (1 oz-1/75 oz): http://bit.ly/2bHj2pB
Bobber Stop- 6th Sense Peg X: http://bit.ly/2bHjowk
Straight Shank Hook- Owner Jungle Flippin (5/0): http://bit.ly/2G5aQTk
EWG Hook- Gamakatsu Superline (4/0): http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

Favorite All-Around Texas Rig Combo…
Rod- G Loomis GLX 853C JWR: http://bit.ly/2gqziwT
Reel- Curado 150 DC HG: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4
Line- 50 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Budget Combo…
Rod- Dobyns Fury 7′ Med/Heavy: http://bit.ly/2bGvlVV
Reel- Shimano SLX: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk
Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

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50 thoughts on “Easy Texas Rig Tricks: Best Worms and Creature Baits

  1. I love all the great info…it’s really helpful, but sometimes when you guys are actually showing us which baits to use, it’s very hard to see bc you don’t get close enough to the camera or are to fast to show it. Just some helpful hints.

  2. Please make a video on how you would assess a new body of water. What would you look for first? how would you find the fish biased on things you have gathered ? A video like that would be extremely helpful to all!


  3. Hey, thank you very much for going over these soft Plastics with us at the cost of getting eaten alive by mosquitoes! I understand your pain I grew up in Florida and they get pretty thick down there.. Again thank you very much im hoping to get on a great Bass bite here soon. 👍👍👏
    Ps. Something I've learned while fishing in thick mosquito situations in Southwest Florida, you might want to be careful about getting the repellent on your hands and handling your fishing gear and tackle, something to be mindful of.

  4. Thanks Tim… really good stuff. What I appreciate about you and Matt is all the dramatic hand gestures….. kidding…haha…

    Seriously, you guys have a very honest and straightforward approach that departs from some of the "mightier than thou" stuff out there. I like how you can do a video packed with practical information and tips and reasoning, and include both beginners and advanced anglers. I have very few "subscribes" on YT and you guys are one of them. Good work. Also like how you list all the products. Sometimes I cannot catch the name or have any idea how to spell something you are talking about…so very helpful. Good you can make a few bucks off the links too.

    Have a great season guys…thanks for getting mine off to a good start!

  5. New to the channel ✌️I live in Northern California I’m new to bass fishing with my son’s what is the best time of year to catch bass and what lures to use whatever info u can give I would highly appreciated also affordable gear it’s expensive and tough to get it for my kids and I thanks god bless 🙏🏼

  6. Hi Tim! , I have a real question that I believe no one has ever asked. I live in the bass fishing and world record kingdom of the world, Tennessee and Kentucky to be exact. Most people fish shallow for largemouth. I fish 100 feet deep and deeper for them. Big mamas down there. Ok, here is my question? If you was vertical jigging, heavy flipping, cost means nothing to me, what rod , reel, and line set up would you use to get these fish up and out of the mess that they are in. Thanks, Oz!

  7. Okay so I’m new to the bass fishing game but an avid fisherman mostly for trout. Question I have is does the color of a bait make a difference? Like muddy water should be dark or bright in color of bait?

  8. Great vid as always! Wanted to ask a question, what is your opinion on Googan Baits? If you have any info on that it would be amazing if you could let me know. Keep up the awesome content! You guys are so close to 200k!

  9. Thank you for this information now am ready to give these’s type of baits more confidence in my fishing tackle Arsenal you answered all my questions on this topic thank you so much.

  10. Love the Texas rig. I don’t throw a worm in mine enough. Thanks for all the info. You’re right super universal rig. New sub. Look forward to watching more of your vids.

  11. Great video as always but would love to see you guys do one focused specifically on medium flipping and pitching jigs/t-rigs to shallow cover. That sweet spot in the 1/2 – 3/4oz range that is almost universal, not finesse or heavy cover flipping/punching. I know it's been covered in other videos like buyers guides and general jig fishing vids but I think it's such a bread and butter technique that it deserves one of these super in-depth breakdowns you guys kill it with.

  12. Would love to see underwater footage of all the plastic-style set-ups and how they function. You guys can do it! Texas, Carolina, Drop-shot, Peg, don't peg, Commando, etc.

  13. Hey guys, been watching your channel for a while now and I'm a little surprised that I've heard no mentions of the Gary Yamamoto Flappin' Hog. I've had nothing but success with them in clear to post flooded waters.

  14. So yesterday I caught a fish from the feather river no clue of what I had. But a quick release and a lil research turns out it was a pikeminnow. What's the deal on them?

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