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Wacky Rigged vs. Texas Rigged

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We have never tried Wacky Rigging, but from reading about it here, it sounds like something we want to add to our list of presentations.  Is the amount/thickness of the cover the determining factor whether to Wacky Rig or Texas Rig or are there other considerations also?  When do you use which and why?

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o yea  the simple wacky rig is not weedless at all.  there are weedless ways to rig the wacky rig, im not sure how but im pretty sure it gets complicated

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you could always use a weedless hook with a wacky setup. i even used a weedless hook with a texas setup for fun last week so i could leave the hook sticking out. didn't seem to hurt a bit.

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I wacky a lot.  I use Gamkatsu extra wide gap weedless 2/0 hooks with a 4 or 5 inch Senko with an o-ring rigged dead center then just hook the worm barely through the o-ring.  In extra clear water I will stretch the worm first to create more action.  It is SUPER weedless but the hook is on the small size but I have never had issues hooking into big fish or break offs.

Most of my hits come on the fall and, for me, it is a super effective but slow method.  You can speed up the presentation and mimic a jerk bait style (kinda) and still get reaction hits.  However bouncing or dragging the bottom had been most effective for me.

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I usually wacky rig my senko after both ends are torn up by fish when I had it rigged texposed. Using an O ring cuts down on torn baits, and using a weedless hook is a must around heavy cover.

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I went down the side of a pond today ( bout 150 yards ) fishing a Senko, a tube and a trap....I got 2 fish early,  one on the trap and one on the tube....For my route back i wacky rigged my Senko and i got 6 much larger Bass on it...Some days the wacky bite is just on!  :)

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Given the choice I always opt to wacky rig. For starters the unweighted fall is horizontal, and just drivers the Bass crazy. I also wacky rig to skip a 4 or 5 inch stickbait under brush and or overhangs. (No docks on the NYC reservoirs).  

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I catch so many wacky rigging that I rarely use a Tx rig any more. I fish it in the thickest cover where one would use a Tx rig. and so far in depths down to 30'-haven't tried deeper yet.

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Try a Weightless Texas Rigged Trick Worm with a 1 nail inserted in the tail to get the same horizontal fall as a Wacky Rig.

Oh yea it's weedless   :)

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