Advanced Texas Rig Fishing

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This is a big fish even for this lake. He ate that Rage craw. Holy cow. Guys, this is Gene Jensen from BassResource.com. Let's talk about the tried, true, the old, the all terrain vehicle of bass fishing. The Texas Rig. Probably one of the oldest rigs out there, consists of a worm hook. This is a straight shank. You can use an offset worm hook. You can use just about anything. And a bullet weight, and a soft plastic, any soft plastic. This is a Rage craw, boy, and that fish absolutely tore it up.

   But anyway, the Texas Rig is probably the most popular rig out there. Well, easily the most popular rig out there. You can cover so much terrain with it. So many different things, wood, grass. You can change up you rod. You can go to heavy line and punch grass with it. You go light line and finesse around out in the middle of nowhere or around little bitty grass patches and things like that. So many things you can do with a Texas Rig. A lot of people get caught up, and I'm guilty of this too. They get caught up in all these new fad things that are going on, the Alabama Rig and things like that. They forget about, probably, the rig that has caught the most fish.

   So, I'm going to talk a little about it today. I may not hit all the points that I should because there's so many things you can talk about with this rig, but I'm going to fish it and try to give you guys just a little bit more insight on the Texas Rig. So, hang tight and enjoy the show.

   There are so many different lures or different soft plastics you can fish with, with a Texas Rig. Like I said, I've got a Rage craw. I'll throw any kind of creature bait, any kind of worm, a Fluke, all kinds of things on a Texas Rig. Basically, whatever floats my boat that day. What I use it for the most is just to cover, cover. Basically, just work an area that has a lot of cover very quickly.

   You can cast it. You can pitch it. You can skip it. You can do all kinds of things with it. Right now, I'm working a creek channel. I'm back in this creek on Richmond Mill Lake. The bass have moved up here because the water is a little bit cooler and has a little bit more current. It's summer time. Water temperature down on the main lake is low 90s. Water temperature up here is in the 80s. The further up the creek I go, the cooler it gets, but the biggest thing is that it has current. The current stirs up your water and keeps your oxygen levels pretty good. And it has grass up here, so you have oxygen up here. The bass move up here in the summer time to find some air. Not really rocket science. When the water gets hot, it loses its ability to hold oxygen. So, you have to go find the water that has oxygen. So, that's what I'm doing today.

   You know, when you throw out a Texas Rig, a Texas Rig and a Jig are close to the same thing. I'm trying to imitate a craw-fish right now. So, I'm trying to keep my bait close to the bottom. If I had a worm, I'd do the same thing and try to keep the bait close to the bottom. If I had a Fluke, I'd do a little more, a little higher hops and things like that. Make it like a fish that's trying to swim off the bottom likes it’s injured or feeding on the bottom.

   The different ways you can rig a Texas Rig. Different hooks. You always take into consideration how heavy your line is and how heavy your rod is as to what weight wire hook, and if you have a heavy wire or light wire hook, but what weight wire hook you use.

   You know, if you're flipping a medium-heavy rod with 18 pound test or a heavy rod with 20, 25 pound test and you're using a light wire hook, one hook set, and that hooks going to bend down and that fish is going to get away. And vice versa if you're using a medium action rod, which is what I'm using right now, and you throw on a heavy wire hook, you set the hook and it's not going to penetrate into the fish. You just don't have the backbone on the rod to be able to get that hook in there. I'll do another video later on, as soon as I get everything ready, about different hook sets, why you choose the rods and the line, and everything else for a hook set.

   Other things you can do with a Texas Rig are you can put a bead in between the weight and the sinker, or the sink weight and the sinker. You can put a bead in between the weight and the hook to give it a little bit of noise. You can peg the weight to the bait itself to help to it punch through the grass a little bit easier, help work it through thick cover, dense cover without getting hung up so much. I hardly ever peg the hook. Personally, I don't ever see a reason to.

   The different knots you can use: Palomar, clinch knot. Anything you can use to tie a hook onto the line. Fluorocarbon line, any kind, you know, I don't like stretchy line. So, I don't use monofilament, but I'll use copolymer or fluorocarbon. That's about it for a Texas Rig. What I'm doing right now is just casting it around these grass patches and these brush piles we have out. And hopefully, get a bite. I'll keep doing it. I'll catch a fish to end this video, and we'll see how it goes from there.

   Now, the way you work a Texas Rig. You just cast it out, let it sink on a slack line, or a semi-slack line. Watch you line. Make sure that it's not going to get hit on the way down.  You know, if a bass hits it on the way down, your line will jump or it will swim off.  Get it down to the bottom. Shake it just like you would a jig.

   You know one of the things I learned. I was out several years and got the opportunity to get press passes to the Bass Masters Classic. I got to watch Mike McClellan practice for his final day of the Bass Masters Classic. It was on the Red River. I learned something that I don't do. I learned something that works really well for him and something that I don't do that I really need to do better. It is that when I'm fishing brush or grass and I get it over top of a stick or something like that, what I need to start doing is bringing it up to that stick and beating it, hopping it against that bottom of that stick a few times before I bring it over. I like to bring it up and over top of it, just to get it over top of the stick. But that's not what you want to do. You want to make your cast out and get it into that cover. When it gets hung up on the stick, you just want to start hopping it and banging it up against that stick a few times. See if you can get a reaction strike from the bass. If you don't, hop it over and go find another one. You want to bring it up against rocks and do the same thing and bang it up against the rocks. See if you can piss a bass off enough to get a reaction strike.

   Did you see what I did right there? That's another thing. I love a bottom ding with just about any bait, jig, or a Texas Rig. You get hung in the grass like that. I was bringing a big ol' wad of grass in. The grass that we have here in this lake is called bladder wart, but it acts a lot like Hydrilla, and some types of Hydrilla.  You get it wrapped around the line and a little, you know, drop your rod to a slack line. A little pop or two pops will rip it through that grass and you can go back to fishing.

   You know, if you are casting it to targets like I am right now, brush piles and things like that, I'm just going to cast it out and let it sink to the bottom. Let it sit there for a second. Hop it and I'll work it out about four feet from the brush pile, away from the grass or anything else. Then, I'll just bring it back to the boat and not even worry about in between me and the boat, or it and the boat.

   So many times, the bass are just sitting right on that cover, and they're not going to come far out to get it. Once you get it out, feel like you got it out of the strike zone, pick that sucker up off the bottom and bring it back to make another cast. One of the coolest things I've seen was when Mike was sitting there and we were talking. I was asking him questions. He was just sitting there covering the bank pitching with his left hand. One after another, just sitting there working it like this. The trolling motor was on a pretty good speed. He covered so much area so fast just by doing this. I went home that year and I practiced and I'm still not good at doing it. I can't do it as good as him. I practiced pitching with my left hand and I said, "that is was I'm going to learn to do this year." It's one of the things I really practiced a lot. Being able to cover water just by doing that. Not switching hands. It's all about efficiency. The more casts you get, the more bites you get.

   You guys notice how I set the hook. It was over top of my head. Nice smooth hook set. You're going to jump one more time, are you? Come on. There we go. Texas Rig. A fun little rig to fish. Like I said. It's one of the oldest ones out there, and the bass still eat it.

   Like I always say, visit BassResource.com for the answers to all your questions about bass fishing. Subscribe to my YouTube channel. Like this video. It helps other people find it. Tell your friends about my channel if they want to learn how to bass fish. And have a great day.


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