Maximizing Hookups with Texas Rig Worms

Texas and Carolina Rigs
Struggling with missed hookups while fishing Texas rig worms? Turn to Glenn May for valuable tips on improving your success rate. Discover the importance of matching hook size and type to your lure for effective fishing. Understand the impact of hook selection on penetration and catch rates. Watch our detailed video linked below for an in-depth guide on optimizing your Texas rig setup.

Keri: There we go! Well he's digging. Come on baby, where are you?

Glenn: I can't see him.

Keri: Neither can I. Here he is.

Glenn: There we go. Look at that.

Keri: That's on my brand new rod, fishing the first time with FireLine with the brand new Revo. 

All right. Here's a question that I received recently from a viewer. "Glenn, I fish a lot of Texas rig worms, but I miss a lot of the fish. I'm just not getting hookups. What can I do?"

So there's a lot of reasons that can happen. But I think the primary reason, the biggest mistake I see anglers make is they don't match the hook size or the type of hook with the lure that they're fishing. Now I have a whole video that goes through all of this in greater detail that I'll link at the bottom here. But in a nutshell, you have to have the right hook size to begin with. So those larger baits, whether they be, you know, six, seven inch worms or you're using a creature bait that's got a thicker body, those need to have an extra wide gap hook because there's just too much bait there. Plus you need a larger hook, say a 3/0 hook or maybe even a 4/0 hook to be in the right relationship size to the size of the...relative to the size of the worm. A little bitty small hook in the very front, a lot of times the fish come up from behind, they grab that bait and they see the hook and you're going to come back with half a lure or you just pull it out of the fish's mouth because you get this little bitty hook on there. Plus it doesn't have a big enough bite. Even if the fish catch grabs in the front, there's too much plastic there that interferes with the hook set, you're not going to get any good penetration in the fish's mouth. So you need to match the size of the hook with the size of the bait.

Conversely, if you're using a small bait, don't use this giant hook on it because it does a couple things. First of all, it often kills the action of the bait because it acts as a backbone. And if it runs the whole length of the bait, that bait can't move and flex like it's supposed to. So it just looks like a dead piece of plastic fall in the water which isn't very very appealing. So you're not going to get a lot of strikes to begin with. But also the weight of it too changes the characteristics in the rate of fall. So it's a mismatch all way around. A lot of times when you're fishing smaller baits too, you're using lighter line with rods that don't have as much backbone, it's a lot harder to get a penetration with a larger hook.

So matching the size of the hook and the type of the hook with the type of bait your fishing is critical to getting great hooks and catching more fish. So take a look at that video and you'll see a lot more detail what I mean about that and that's going to help you out a lot.