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Do texas rig hooks go through the bait or are they inside the bait?


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With a straight shank hook like I use, I almost always do It where I can barely feel the point coming through the plastic. I just feel better about hooksets like that than when buried in the middle of a thick plastic like a beaver. 
 

Unless I’m fishing mucky stuff that’ll catch on It. 

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You can catch fish pretty much any way.  But generally, it's best practice to push the hook all of the way through the plastic bait, and then bury just the point of the hook back into the bait, with just the tiniest bit of plastic over the top, so that it breaks free easily.  This is often called Texposed or skin-hooked (not to be confused with skin-hooking a bass where the hook just penetrates the skin of the mouth. 

 

However, if I'm pulling through heavy weeds, I'll usually bury it in a bit deeper.  This keeps it from popping out as easily and getting fowled up in the weeds, but it also keeps it from popping out as easily and getting hooked into a fish.  So the compromise is the harder you make it to get hung up on things, the harder you make it to hook a fish.  


Also, with me it can depend on which type of hook I'm using.  With an EWG hook or something with the point of the hook inline with the eye, I'll typically not bury the hook as deeply into the plastic, since the hook is less likely to get caught up as it's pulled through stuff anyway.  But if I'm using a standard hook, I'll typically bury it further when fishing in heavy weeds, as the point on it sticks out beyond the eye of the hook and is thus more likely to get hung up.  In some situations, I'll even not push the hook all the way through, and just bury the hook about halfway through the worm.  It's not best practice for hooking fish, but when fishing through something like reeds or water willows with a standard hook, it might be the only way to get the bait cleanly through.  

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3 basic T-rig weedless booking soft plastics(

Hook Texpose point and hook bend above the lure.

Texas hook point inside the soft plastic.

Texas skin hooked: Point under the skin of the plastic.

200’s of different plastic worm hooks!

Basic straight with barbs on shank.

Strsight wide gap round bend.

Off Set wide gap round bend.

Extra wide gap off set.

Worm head (front end) keepers to reduce worm body filling hook gap.

Keepers are pegs thru the plastic hook eye or pins on hook shank.

What hook is used affects how the soft plastic worm is rigged!

So……what hook is being used?

Tom

 

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I've started fishing a worm hook on everything as I like the hookup ratio better than I do with an EWG.  With a worm hook I push it to where I can feel the tip when I brush my finger on the plastic and I feel like I never miss a fish if they have the bait in their mouth.

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Usually I push it all the way through to create a channel and then  back it back in,   with the point buried  . I'm constantly experimenting . Been trying to barely skin hook on the side but that creates a lot of line twist .

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If your using an elaztech soft plastic bait dont try to texpose the hook.

The hook often wont break free of the bait and you wont stick the fish.

 

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Usually depends on the hook. With an EWG hook, it will rig up straighter if you go through the plastic then bury the point back in, known as “Texposed”. If it’s a straight shank hook, it will be easier to simply bury the point in the plastic without poking it through the other side. 

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I use Trokar hooks for most every technique, especially for bottom contact. 
 

Using those I don’t tex pose, just rig 1/2 to 3/4 of the way in depending on the plastic 

 

 

 

 

Mike

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