Gone Outdoors

How to Do the Texas Jig Rig

by Larry Anderson

Two of the most productive lures for bass fishing are Texas-rigged plastic worms and jigs and pigs. The Texas rig jig combines the key features of each into one rig. It takes the sinker and hook from the Texas rig, but instead of attaching a plastic worm, anglers attach a soft plastic lure that resembles the skirt and crayfish-imitating bait used as part of a jig and pig. The best place to fish Texas rig jigs is in heavy cover.

1. Thread a bullet sinker onto the end of the fishing line so the narrow end faces upward. The sinker should be heavy enough to carry the rig to the bottom quickly and keep it there.

2. Tie a size 1/0 to 4/0 hook to the end of the fishing line with a Palomar knot.

3. Hold the plastic bait so the claws and the skirt point downward.

4. Insert the point of the hook into the head of the plastic bait, which is the spot to which all of the skirt tentacles are connected. Push the hook point down a quarter inch, then push the hook point out of the body.

5. Thread the plastic trailer up the shank of the hook, stopping just before it is flush with the hook eye.

6. Turn the hook point 180 degrees so it faces the soft plastic. Push the point of the hook into the bait, stopping just before it protrudes from the other side.

7. Push the top of the bait against the eye of the hook. The bait should sit straight on the hook.

8. Cast the bait into cover like brush and vegetation, or underneath boat docks. Let it sink to the bottom, then retrieve it slowly along the bottom. Most bites feel like extra weight. If something feels different, set the hook with a hard, upward motion.

Items you will need
  • Fishing line
  • Weight
  • Hook

About the Author

Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.

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