There are many ways to rig these up but the first one you should know how to use is the Texas Rig. You want to make sure you have the right sized hooks. For your average 7-8 inch worm it is best to use a 3/0 hook. If you are not sure on what kind of worm to use, you can never go wrong with a Zoom Trick Worm.
How to set up a Texas Rig
- First off, take the hook and insert it downward through the top of the worm, about 1/4 inch past the tip.
- Take the worm and slide it all the way down the hook until you get to where the hook straightens out.
- Twist the hook around and insert the hook through the bottom of the worm at the larger segment like earthworms have.
- Use the smallest slip weights you can, the lighter the weight the more the action. I fish without them sometimes and actually have better results. It just all depends on what the fish want.
- A 6 ft rod will work perfectly to help give the worm the right action, but almost any rod you have will do just fine.
- Anywhere from 8 to 14 lb line works well. You don’t want to go too high but then again you don’t want to risk that chance of losing the big one.
- The typical way of using the Texas rig is to cast it out and let it fall to the bottom. When it lands give it a twitch and let it fall again.
- Some ways I use it and had great luck is using it like a hurt fish. Instead of letting it fall all the way give it some sporadic and quick twitches underwater to resemble an injured animal. Maybe a fish or a caterpillar, just something that would appeal to a bass.
- I also have used this as a topwater. Just hold the rod tip up and give it twitches as you reel it in. This gives it an appearance of a baby snake swimming on top of the water.
- This bait attracts bass by sight, so these work best in clear to lightly stained water. For muddy water, you want something loud and slow. Like a rattling crankbait.
So hope this helps and good luck!