Tweaking the Texas Rig

Teaching an old worm new tricks.

Field & Stream Online Editors

No one's keeping tabs, but it's almost certain that since its introduction in the 1950s, the Texas-rigged plastic worm has taken millions of bass from cover. Still, fishermen are born tinkerers, and over the years inventive anglers have refined and tweaked the standard Texas rig to get the most out of its performance under a variety of conditions. You can, too. Here are two suggestions:

Tex-pose the hook: If you're having trouble hooking fish, try switching to a ribbed worm or grub and passing the hook all the way through the lure so the point is slightly exposed between the ribs. This keeps the rig fairly weedless while facilitating hookups.

Use Brass and Glass: When doodling-jigging a small Texas-rigged worm by shaking the rod tip-switch to a brass bullet weight and add a glass bead between the weight and the worm. The extra clatter attracts more bass. Experiment with different beads and sinkers to get different sounds.