Soft Plastic Rigging Tips for Largemouth Bass

STRAIGHT SHANK ROUND BEND 2/0 to 4/0

BAITS: Large worms, craws, lizards, and creature baits.
RIGGING: Texas rig with bullet sinker; Carolina rig.
PROS: Unsurpassed hooking efficiency.
CONS: Plastic baits don't stay put as well as with offset hooks.

FINE WIRE OFFSET 1 to 2/0

BAITS: Finesse worms and craws. **
RIGGING:** Texas rig with bullet sinker; split-shot rig. **
PROS:** Fragile finesse baits last longer. **
CONS:** The hook may not hold if you must horse bass out of cover.

BAIT SAVER 2/0 to 5/0

BAITS: Craws, worms, lizards, creature baits, jerkbaits, sink baits, fat grubs.
RIGGING: Texas rig; Tex-posed. **
PROS:** Bait doesn't ball up in the bend. **
CONS:** More of the hook is exposed for a less natural appearance.

WEIGHTED 2/0 to 4/0

BAITS: Soft jerkbaits, worms, sink baits. **
RIGGING:** Tex-posed. **
PROS:** Gets baits deeper, allows faster retrieve speeds, and gives baits a natural, horizontal profile.
CONS: The weight is visible in clear water.

NOSE HOOK DROP SHOT 6 to 1

BAITS: Reapers, finesse worms, grubs, minnows. **
RIGGING:** Nose hook with exposed point. **
PROS:** Gives small baits lively action. **
CONS:** The hook can pull out during a fight with heavy pressure.

EXTRA WIDE GAP OFFSET 2/0 to 5/0

BAITS: Minnows, finesse worms, reapers, grubs. **
RIGGING:** Tex-posed; Carolina rig. **
PROS:** Good all-around design for many applications. **
CONS:** The hookset is not as good as on a straight shank.