The texas and wacky rigs are two of the most popular bass fishing techniques. They both have die hard fans who will argue all day long that their preferred method is the best. Below we will break down the pros and cons of each and when you should fish them.
A texas rig is a weedless setup that’s likely the most used technique in bass fishing. It’s relatively simple and extremely versatile. It consists of a bullet-shaped weight, a hook, and a soft plastic bait, such as a worm or creature bait.
The setup is designed to be weedless, which means it can be fished effectively in heavy cover, around vegetation, and through various structures without getting hung up.
The texas is one of the best baits for beginners and those fishing from shore. They rarely get hung up, can be fished in shallow water, and work everywhere.
- Extremely weedless
- Simple to use
- Can be fished faster
- Less action than wacky rig
To set up a Texas rig:
- Slide a bullet-shaped weight onto your fishing line with the pointed end first.
- Tie your hook to the line using your preferred knot.
- Insert the hook point into the nose of the soft plastic bait, and push it in about a quarter of an inch before bringing the hook point out the side.
- Slide the bait up the hook shank, allowing the bait to rest against the eye of the hook.
- Rotate the bait 180 degrees, so the hook point is facing the bait’s body.
- Insert the hook point into the bait, burying it slightly into the plastic, so it becomes weedless.
A wacky rig is a simple fishing technique that involves attaching a soft plastic bait hooked in the middle. This lets both ends of the bait flutter and create action as it sinks. The wacky rig is often fished on a light line to minimize any impact on the soft plastic.
The wacky rig gets most bites while it slowly flutters as it falls. Because of this, most anglers use this bait to target high potential areas. You cast it out and let it sink to the bottom, give it a few pops off bottom, then quickly retrieve it back.
The biggest downside to a Wacky rig is its exposed hook, this allows it to get hung up occasionally. This can be frustrating for those fishing from the bank and can maneuver around to get unstuck.
- Produces a natural fluttering action similar to a dying fish
- Simple to use
- Gets hung up in vegetation
- Tears soft plastic baits easily (likely need to replace worms more frequently)
- Slower presentation
To set up a wacky rig:
- Tie on your wacky rig hook
- Insert the hook through the middle of your soft plastic bait, allowing both ends to dangle
Texas Vs Wacky Rig – Answered
Both rigs are effective in catching fish all year round and have their own unique set of advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, the choice between the two rigs come down to personal preference. You want to take into account if your fishing in vegetation, want to target specific spots or cover water.
When To Use A Texas Rig?
Best when targeting thick cover and need a weedless setup. Heavy vegetation areas, lots of twigs, or logs, or other debris will result in lots of getting stuck with a wacky rig. It is in these situations where the Texas rig excels.
When To Use A Wacky Rig?
A wacky rig is best when fishing open water. Wacky rigs to a great job of attracting attention by jigging near the bottom of areas where snagging is not likely.
In addition, wacky rigs are known to be great when the fish are a bit more timid and moving slower. This rig seems to get more strikes than a Texas rig when the fish are a bit more slow, or are easily spooked.
Keep in mind that the best tactics may vary with seasonal changes. What works during spring might not in fall. It’s important to experiment with both to see what works best in your area. They both have their strengths and can be highly effective, it’s a good idea to be proficient with both rigs.
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