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Looking to simplify my terminal tackle. What two size weights would you use for Texas rigging everything from a zoom trick worm to a larger creature bait. I fish from the bank and anywhere I can ie ponds, rivers, lakes. 

 

Thinking 1/8 & 3/8, but not sure. 

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For bank fishing I use a 1/4 and 3/8 almost exclusively. 

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I use 1/8 and 1/4 more than any other sizes.

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Rate Of Fall 😉

 

1/32 - 1.5 oz!

 

In 10' of water a 2# bass can stop a 1.5 oz weight before it hits  bottom.

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3 hours ago, LCG said:

1/8 & 3/8

That would work and you could always double up on weights if a different weight is wanted .

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3/16 and 1/2

 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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1/4 almost always.  If it's windy and water is >10 ft. I'll usually go to 3/8.

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1/32, 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4-ounce models get the bulk of the duty.

 

only 2 > 1/32 and 1/8...i'm mostly in shallow water and believe better presentation for the bass... 

 

merry christmas

 

 

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Thanks everyone for your input. Looks like 3/16 and 3/8 should cover the basics. Hope everyone has a merry Christmas 

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worm weights are cheap and small. no need to simplify there.

 

id have 1/8, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2oz with me all the time at a minimum. adjust depending on bait, rod used, depth, wind, cover etc.

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Keep a few of each size that you find practical for your use,  pick them up when you see them on sale.   You will soon learn what one to carry the most of to support your needs.

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A lot depends on the water you fish.  I am on the Tidal Potomac, so you not only have the river flow to contend with, but also the tide flow, so if I use a weight on a Texas rig I usually have to try different weights depending on if I am fishing the main river, or a tributary.  On a regular lake I guess the weights mentioned above are good and would depend only on the rate of fall you desire.

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I keep 1/16, 3/16, and 1/2oz weights on hand.  So much of my fishing is shallow that the 1/16 and 3/16 cover most needs and if I want a faster fall the I might as well step up to 1/2oz.  

 

This year I found a great way to store a small assortment of weights in the bag I use for bank fishing.  I tried daily pill holders before but they would always open up in my pack.  I then found circular ones where the opening-tab is protected from being popped open.  

Image result for circular pill holder

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I use 1/16, 1/8, 3/16, and 1/4 ounce the most. 

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On ‎12‎/‎23‎/‎2018 at 8:59 AM, LionHeart said:

1/4 almost always.  If it's windy and water is >10 ft. I'll usually go to 3/8.

Same here. If I had to pick one it would be 1/4

 

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The three main ones I use are 1/8, 1/4 & 3/8 - depending on how deep I want to run or how much weeds I'm pulling through.

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On 12/23/2018 at 4:32 AM, LCG said:

Looking to simplify my terminal tackle. What two size weights would you use for Texas rigging everything from a zoom trick worm to a larger creature bait.

In the interest of simplicity I use only 1/4 oz and 3/8 oz.

 

1/4 oz at around 80% of the time for shallow to mid depths, but will use 3/8 oz when fishing deeper 30-40 ft (to get it down faster) and when the wind is up (to keep the lure down when the boat drifts, and I find it easier to feel the bottom).

 

I could easily live with just the 1/4 oz if I want to really simplify.

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1/8 and 3/16 for most of my open water fishing and 3/8-3/4 for my heavy cover. 

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I use 3/16 to 1/4 oz brass n glass 80% of the time with 6" to 9" worms. 1/4 and 3/8 oz with 8" to 10" worms and 1/4 to 1/2 oz with 9" to 13" worms, occasionally 1/8 oz with 5" to 6" worms.

Lighter weights for shallower water increasing weight for deeper water to keep in contact with the weight depending on wind and water temps. 

Tom

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1/4 and 3/8, depending on the time of year, fishing conditions as Tom penned above, and the depth of the water if I am fishing a lake, pond or tidal river.

 

Half-ounce for Carolina rigs. One ounce football style for catfish.

 

If a tidal river it will depend on how fast the water is moving.

 

I also use a 1/16 Provider Jig Head that a pro introduced to me and I love it. In fact, I am now using the Provider Jig Heads in all sizes depending on the conditions and tidal flow more than a standard Texas rig set up.

 

The 3/8 ounce weight is an excellent size for all waters and plastics so I throw that, too. Sometimes pegged; sometimes not pegged.

 

And of course, a heavy Texas rigged or Provider Jig Head for throwing in the grass and pads.

 

Now, tungsten or lead. Which one do you prefer?

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58 minutes ago, Sam said:

tungsten or lead. Which one do you prefer?

Think I will be sending lead for small weights and tungsten for larger weights just because of the smaller size to weight ratio. 

 

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Usually one thinks the lightest weight you can get away with. Conditions dictate though. (Wind, depth)

 

Having said that, I catch more big bass with a half ounce tungsten. Shallow or deep, it works. I think it triggers a reaction. 

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