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January 14, 2020

Hey folks. Glen May here with
Today I want to talk to you about fishing the Texas rig. Yeah, the universal rig that
most people throw. This is it. This is the Texas rig in its most basic form. To be honest
with you, we’re talking about . . . the Texas rig is actually that, but most people refer
to it with that, the weight on it. So the big difference is when the Texas rig first
came out in the ’70s, people put the hook back in the plastic, and that made it- so
it was weightless, so you can throw it in the areas where the fish are at. And most
people throw it with the bullet head sinker on the front of it. So when you hear people
talk about the Texas rig, this is most often what they’re talking about. Although sometimes
you’ll hear people say, “Oh I’m fishing the Texas rig, Carolina rig, or Texas rig drop
shot,” or something like that, they’re actually talking about that as opposed to that. Just
so you know. Anyway, we’re going to talk today about some
of the gear you use for fishing the Texas rig plastic bait, and then we’re going to
go out and I’m going to show you how to fish it this style. So to start off with, this
bait for the most part, I’m throwing the Texas rig bait, I’m throwing it in the heavy cover
– bushes, submerged trees, thick vegetation, that sort of thing. So we’re going to heavy
up on this. I’m using a stout 3/0 hook. This is an extra
wide-gap hook. If you’re looking to buy these things, you’ll see they’re called like a super
line hook or a flipping hook, but it’s a thick wire hook. If you’re in the tackle store,
you can compare them and take a look, and look for one that’s got a real thick wire
to it. We got that tied on with a quarter ounce tungsten
weight. That’s a good starting point by the way. A quarter ounce is a good place to start.
You don’t have to buy every single weight that’s out there, but 1/4 ounce, 3/8 ounce,
and 1/2 ounce are the one’s you’re going to use the most. That’s going to cover most of
your situations. You don’t really need to get into the heavy duty 3/4 ounce, 1 1/2 ounce
weights, unless you’re punching through matted grass. That’s a specialty technique so we’re
not going to talk about that here. We’re going to talk about this universal rig. You can
throw in just about anywhere. I got that tied on to a 50 pound braid line.
Again, we’re throwing the heavy duty cover so you want a line that can come through that
without being nicked and breaking off if the fish wraps you around in there, and that’s
why we’ve got that stout hook. You need that stout hook to hold up to the pressure that
a braided line will put onto it without it bending or straightening it out. And I have that matched with a really strong
rod here. This is a medium heavy action rod. Actually it’s a heavy action rod. So medium
heavy to heavy action rod is what you want with this, with a fast tip seven foot or longer.
You want that leverage to pull that fish out of that cover. So 7’0″ to 7’6″, that’s a good
range. If you don’t have a rod like this yet, that’s a good one to pick – 7’0″, 7’3″, something
like that, medium heavy or heavy action rod with a fast tip, this is the set-up you’re
going to use most of the time for fishing plastic baits. Now, you can lighten up. If you’re not going
to be fishing that heavy cover, you’re just going to be fishing what I call soft vegetation
– lily pads, open reeds, sparsely patches of weeds, that sort of thing – then you don’t
need all this heavy duty gear. You can use a medium heavy action rod with a 15 to 20
pound copolymer, monofilament line. Works just fine. You don’t need to have the heavy
duty hook in that case, but still use the tungsten weight, low-profile weight. Those
work perfect in those situations. Oftentimes I’ll have multiple rods on the deck and they’re
set up for those different conditions. If I come across the sparse weeds, that’s the
outfit I’m going to pick up and throw. All right, so that’s it. Basically the gear
you use and how you rig it up. Oh by the way, if you don’t know how to rig it this way,
I’ve got a video that shows you how to do that. It’s linked underneath this video. You
can go check that out after watching this one. But right now, let’s go fish this. Okay. So with the Texas rig bait, what you
want to do when you cast it out there is let it fall on slack line, but pay real close
attention to that line where it entered the water. Look for it to jump, twitch, pop, move,
do anything unnatural that you didn’t do. That’s an indication that the fish probably
picked it up. So what you want to do is reel up all the slack, get that rod pointed down
towards the water, and set that hook. And when you set the hook, you want to make sure
you have a little bit of slack in the line before you set it, that way you power set
it. Instead if you have it really tight and then set the hook, you turn the fish’s head
a little bit more than on a power set. So you want to drive that hook into the fish’s
mouth, so make sure you get a little bit of slack in there. If you’re bringing it back
. . . I’ll get to that in a second. So first thing you want to do when you cast
it out there, like I said, you want to watch it. So we’re going to cast it out there, let
it fall. We’re going to watch it all the way down, and then when it hits the bottom, which
I’ll tell that in a sec. So the line just went slack on me, that’s when you know it
hit the bottom. Reel down to it, and then you want to just use the rod, I’m not using
the reel at all, use the rod and drag the bait on the bottom. And now bring the rod
tip down and reel up the slack. That’s the only way you’re using the reel, is just to
bring up the slack. Then you just drag it on the bottom. And again, just reel up the
slack. That’s all you want do, is keep that bait on the bottom. Now like I said when you’re setting the hook,
if you’re bringing it back like this and suddenly you feel the fish, drop, reel, and then set.
And you’ll have a little bit of slack in your line and you’ll snap set it that way, and
that will pile drive that hook into the fish’s mouth. So remember that when you set the hook. I’ll give you another way to fish this. I’ll
throw this out there, I’ll let it fall. Now this works on the creature type bait, where
it has appendages or maybe a ribbontail worm or has that movement in it when you move it
through the water. This works great for that type of bait. You have it on the bottom, now
what you want to do is lift it up off the bottom. So lift it up and reel down. Same
sort of thing, but now you’re bringing it up quicker, so now you’re not dragging it,
and then you bring your rod tip down about the same speed that the bait is falling while
you reel up the slack. That’s what’s known as letting it fall in a semi-slack line. The
reason you want to do that is so the fish when it bites it, you’ll be able to feel that
bite much more easier if you’re letting it fall in a semi-slack line. So I’ll show you
that one more time, just so you know what that looks like. And then I’ll show you one more way to bring
it back in. Let it fall, and then you just lift it up off the bottom, and now we’re following
that line with the rod tip, bringing it back down, ready to set the hook. Bring it up,
and now we reel up that slack while we’re bringing the rod the tip with the bait as
it falls straight down. Okay. One last way to fish it, and this only
works on creature type baits like this one – again where it has lots of appendages – lizards,
those types of things – you throw it back out there, you can swim it and try to make
it look like something swimming through the water column. So I’m bringing it back before
it even hits the bottom, and here I’m just pumping it. Letting it come up, letting it
drop, come up, letting it drop. You can do it that way. You can bring your rod tip down
and just do a straight retrieve like you would a crank bait. You can pause it, so as you’re
bringing it back, reel it, reel it, reel it, reel it, then kill it, and let it fall. And
bring it back up and reel it, reel it, reel it, reel it along, and then kill it. Lot of different ways to fish this bait. And
there’s no wrong way to do it, just experiment. Figure out what the fish want for that day.
Sometimes they want it moving and want it fast, other days you got to drag it on the
bottom and they’ll only pick it up that way. The only way you’ll know is just by experimenting
and playing around. Places I’ll want to fish this is in the summer
and the winter. That’s when the fish are out in the main lake channels, out in the main
bodies of the lake, so that’s where you want to fish channels, creek channels, main lake
points, rock humps, drop-offs, ledges, that sort of thing, that’s what you want to fish
during the summer and in the winter time. And then in the spring and fall, when the
fish are shallow, that’s when you want to fish backs of coves, protected bays, creeks,
backs of creeks, flats, secondary points. That’s the kind of stuff that I’ll be targeting
during those times of the year. If you fish those areas using the techniques I just showed
you, you’re going to catch a lot of fish. For more tips and tricks like this, visit


  • Reply Joe c April 5, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Love your videos always a good watch

  • Reply Paul Tiffany April 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I wonder how often the old worm style of plastic is used now vs other shapes. I like using a craw worm.

  • Reply Ed LaFontaine April 5, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    OK I am going to go to 1/2 oz weight. this weekend on Flint River , GA. Hope to win with these tips. Will let you know.

  • Reply Jim Hookey April 5, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Great tips on hook set!

  • Reply Bruce Corney April 5, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    I tend to fish my plastics on a drop shot or split shot
    I am going to keep a Texas rig tied on to force me to expand my presentation possibilities

  • Reply Scott Wade April 5, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Normally fish with no weight but intend to try adding weight this spring

  • Reply Glenn Tiffany April 5, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Again another technique I need to work on.

  • Reply Patrick Braun April 5, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the awesome information. Texas rig is definitely my go-to, but using creature baits is something that I can get better at.

  • Reply NJ Catch & Release April 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    I need to try the Texas Rig in some of the weedy lake I fish here in NJ.

  • Reply Ron Greenwell April 5, 2018 at 2:47 pm

    Great video as always. Somethings I knew and some were new

  • Reply douglas Davis April 5, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I have found that Texas rigs are great when the fishing slows down during mid day, here in Maryland

  • Reply Al Perry April 5, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Old reliable, never fails..thanks again for the reminder…

  • Reply tonymaxedon April 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks and Mr #GlenMay for the texas rig video! We all throw them but how many weren't using heavy enough hooks? #Stout hooks = no bend!!! Md/Hvy to Heavy action rod! 15-20 or 20-25 lb line with tungsten weight. Plastic rigged snagless!

  • Reply Joey Sevin April 5, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Good tips for optional retrieves.

  • Reply fallingironreks83 April 5, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Texas rigging. Like it

  • Reply Cliffton Hill April 5, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    The Texas Rig is my go to here in East Texas. Have to make sure the plastic is always perfectly placed on the hook or the fish notice it though.

  • Reply jnsm19 April 5, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I'll have to try dragging it across the bottom. I usually hop it.

  • Reply richard clayton April 5, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    With heavier weights you can end up blowing open the fishes mouth if you set the hook to hard

  • Reply T Wear April 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I Probably donโ€™t fish the T Rig enough anymore….hung up on the Jig probably too much

  • Reply Trevor Taylor April 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Good tip about using the rod more than the reel, hopefully I'll catch a few more fish.

  • Reply Jim Damron April 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    That's very helpful

  • Reply Roland Leone April 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Bass Resources is my how info. When ever I need to refer to a particular application before I get to a lake Bass Resources is my pick my up on how what do to. Great place for any info any time. Thanks!

  • Reply Sunny Biga April 5, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Thanks for chance to win those amazing baits

  • Reply Dewayne Atwell April 5, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    One of my favorite techniques. Thanks for the great videos.

  • Reply Gary White April 5, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    When do you peg the weight?

  • Reply Danny Heisner April 5, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    There is nothing more fun that than flipping a Texas rig into a small hole in the water through the branches of a willow tree. Pitch it in and hang on!

  • Reply William Itter April 5, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I love the Texas rig but have a difficult time getting it by the clams in the bottom of my ponds.

  • Reply Michael Lanning April 5, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I fish this a lot love it

  • Reply Scott Dossey April 5, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Great tips, Glenn!

  • Reply Jeff Jones April 5, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    These series of videos are great! The techniques in texas rig video are new to me so I am really going yo use them in my next tourney.

  • Reply Patrick Macnamara April 5, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Great tips. Texas rig is an absolute killer, but it sounds like I have to try it more in heavier cover

  • Reply Monty Rose April 5, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Those tips and tricks that you have demonstrated are wonderful All around The Texas rig is number one.
    Whether your fishing with swimbaits
    Craws Creatures or Worms no matter
    Ware you prefer to fish whether fishing
    From a boat or the bank it's a great presentation I for one know first hand.
    Growing up in east Texas

  • Reply BassinwithBoginski Bogin April 5, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I like T riggin a big 10 or 12 inch worm with an 1/8th oz weight and swim it over beds this time of yr

  • Reply griffinwm April 5, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    I love fishing a 12 inch worm texas rig at night.

  • Reply MyTAGS tv02 April 5, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Texas rig best way to go. That s what I started to fish with on my first day. Now I use it 80% of the time when I go fish.

  • Reply Bryan Smith April 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Canโ€™t go wrong with a Texas rig

  • Reply Bill Glenn April 5, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Texas Rigs are a great technique.

  • Reply Jon Gwartney April 5, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Great tips, thanks for taking the time.

  • Reply Brian Rice April 5, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    Another great video with excellent information! Keep it up. Thanks

  • Reply Bart Sherrer April 5, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I live in East Texas, I started using a Texas rigged worm almost 30 years ago on Lake Sam Rayburn, I didn't know that a real Texas rig was weightless. Thanks for the info.

  • Reply freddie townsend April 5, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    I prefer the Texas rig over anything else. Especially in heavy cover or lily pads.

  • Reply David Mehrhoff April 5, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    Love fishing the Texas rig.. Thanks for the video

  • Reply Melvin Box April 5, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    I brought a new 7'1" rod after this video. (Best excuse I could find)

  • Reply Stanley HK April 5, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Great tips

  • Reply Charles Wotring April 5, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    Love a Texas rig , this video helped me fine tune it , great video

  • Reply jason p April 5, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I would like to know when and where do you peg the weight. Does it always need to be pegged? If not why?

  • Reply The Bass Addict April 5, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I love Texas rigged Senkos

  • Reply frank griffin April 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    I love to fish a carolnia rig I have caught some big bass using a carolnia also I like the baits you are giving away hope to get some more thanks

  • Reply victor simonsen April 5, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    love the texas rig for fishing the weeds.

  • Reply Steve W. April 5, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Very good explanation and technique demo!
    Thanks again for the help.

  • Reply Hunting Pro Store April 5, 2018 at 9:22 pm

    Good info.

  • Reply John Whittaker April 5, 2018 at 9:28 pm


  • Reply Joseph O'Connor April 5, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    Good video, one of my favorite rigs.

  • Reply Donald Ledet April 5, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    been using since the 1980โ€™s.
    Again good video for people to learn from

  • Reply mickeymonster April 5, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    I like to use a #20 fluorocarbon leader on #50 braid when I Texas Rig creatures and craws. I seem to get more strikes in the cabbage and mill foil I like to fish. Iโ€™ll also throw it on straight #15 fluorocarbon with a 1/32 weight when targeting spawning beds.

  • Reply John Stokes April 5, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    T rigging is one of my favorite techniques

  • Reply Fernando Pacheco April 6, 2018 at 12:14 am

    Texas rig all year long.!! Thanks

  • Reply Shawn Riebe April 6, 2018 at 2:01 am

    The Texas rig is awesome. Have one tied on at all times.

  • Reply Adam Fitzgerald April 6, 2018 at 2:41 am

    The texas rig has got to be the most versatile bait setup out there. I never go fishing without at least one tied on.

  • Reply Geoffrey Rogers April 6, 2018 at 2:48 am

    I typically Texas rig a brush hog or lizard during the prespawn and spawn and for some reason they don't like to have a brush hog if you happen to get it close to their bed. Thanks for the awesome video

  • Reply Pete Ruggiero April 6, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Fish Texas rig with finesse worm all the time!

  • Reply david carlisle April 6, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Fantastic advice! I love these soft plastics, love catching bass in the shallows.

  • Reply Nick Blanco April 6, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Great Video Glenn.. I could watch these all day!

  • Reply Greg Sarmas April 6, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    I prefer straight shank round bend hooks for Texas rigs and punching. Any tips for keeping the round bends weedless? That point always seems to stick out just enough to catch pieces of those heavy weed mats.

  • Reply Michael Barnish April 6, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I always have a Texas rig on my worm rod ready to go . Great tip . I always learn something from bass resource videos.

  • Reply Clyde Young April 6, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    Old rig but still catches fish for me. People overlook it's use these days

  • Reply Jerry Glenn April 7, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Good Tips. Don't use Braid for regular TR fishing

  • Reply Mikael Ranta Outdoors April 7, 2018 at 1:42 am

    texas rigging with bullet weights is always a fool-proof method

  • Reply Cathy Santos April 7, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I like the tips on varied retrieves for Texas Rigged Creatures

  • Reply midwestfisherman April 7, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Glenn, what color braid is that. On the video it looks white.

  • Reply Brian Billington Jr. April 7, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Texas Rig??? Something new I guess! ๐Ÿ˜‰ love your videos !!

  • Reply John Smith April 8, 2018 at 12:25 am

    once again great tips for helping us be better at our passion of catching bass

  • Reply Frank Malek April 8, 2018 at 1:47 am

    I watched this 2 years ago, maybe I'll win now??

  • Reply Steve Fox April 8, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for the tip Glen. Do you ever use a stopper above the bait and if so how far up the line from the bait head?

  • Reply Michael Daley April 8, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    TX Rig is great for pond fishing too. Creature, Worm, Lizard, or any plastic really work well. Another nice vid especially how to fish it.

  • Reply Paul Dowden April 8, 2018 at 3:22 pm

    I've been fishing the Texas rig for a long time with good success. The reel, reel, reel and drop retrieve is one I have never tried . We will see what the Toledo Bend bass think about it hopefully very soon. I'll let You know the results.

  • Reply BlackDeath April 8, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    I have a public pond in my area that texas rigging works most of the time

  • Reply Billy Mayes April 9, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Great video

  • Reply Matthew Broser April 9, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    It was great to hear so many ways to fish a Texas rig. Now, if I'm not getting bites, I'll be sure to switch up the presentation before switching baits. Two of my favorites are pulling a weightless Texas rig creature bait across the surface like a frog or letting the current take it and reeling it back with twitches.

  • Reply MrsZippie1969 April 10, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Great info. Sweet Thanks

  • Reply Bryan Waters April 10, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Texas rig is my go-to way of fishing plastics

  • Reply HavasuMark April 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    As always, great tips. Especially about experimenting with it. I find a lot a times, I will start fishing a creature like you mentioned, pulling it up and letting it drop back down. But will find times that the same setup will get me bites by swimming it back.

  • Reply Daniel Strasser April 11, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Thanks for the video! never stop learning, never stop fishing!

  • Reply Big Mike April 11, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Great video Glen, love the tips on how to fish it. I personally like to drag it or hop it like a jig along the bottom. Keep the videos coming!

  • Reply Jimmy Hicks April 12, 2018 at 2:37 am

    I just found out I been doing some things wrong thanks glenn for showing me this and the right way to fish a texas rig

  • Reply Jacob Austin April 13, 2018 at 3:16 am

    This is a very informative video. I love to Texas rig but there are some things in this video like swimming it and hopping it that I have never tried. I can't wait to get out on the lake and try it. Also what are the advantages of sticking your bullet sinker in place?

  • Reply Beck Hamer April 24, 2018 at 2:56 am

    Thank you sir, caught 5 today in 30min.

  • Reply paul d yeager June 2, 2018 at 1:29 am

    Awesome for winer bass

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  • Reply K.S. June 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    Glenn is the best!

  • Reply Diesel Weasel July 2, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Having great luck with that set up in Louisiana.

  • Reply Cardboardguy 14 July 26, 2018 at 4:42 am

    I don't use a bullet weight

  • Reply David Walters October 15, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Iโ€™d use 40 pound braid 50pd is alittle to much. Over kill I think

  • Reply Camber Mafia April 13, 2019 at 2:02 am


  • Reply Andy D G May 5, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    Excellent explanations!! Thumbs up!

  • Reply cody folsom May 7, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    50ib braided line? Sounds overkill

  • Reply Francois Dupont June 1, 2019 at 6:47 am

    with all the wood and garbage in the water here, forget about raking the bottom like you are doing.

  • Reply Peter Kopczyk July 15, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Texas Rig Is Amazing. Thank U.

  • Reply Alexandru Sava September 14, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Can somebody explain to me how to retrieve (fish) a texas rig on a non flat surface and how to feel all the time the rig(to not have slack in the line), thanks in advance.

  • Reply Leadfarmer pb September 16, 2019 at 3:01 am

    great tips

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