The Best Texas Rig Tips (Because They Work!) | Bass Fishing

Keri May: The next three tips are going to be about Texas-Rigging Ott DeFoe: Texas-Rigging

The first thing that comes to mind is to match the hook to the bait, you know, to make sure you're using the right size and the right kinda hook You know, whether you need a wide gap or a standard worm hook or a straight shank hook I carry all three and I use all three So, you know, just different situations, different plastics Don't have time to go through all that right now, but make sure you research it and see which hook fits which bait best

Next would be if I'm Texas-Rigging, I'd kinda consider that a little bit of a finesse technique, most of the time, so I'm gonna use as light a weight as possible where with a jig, sometimes I'll go heavier and try to get more of a reaction With a Texas Rig, I'm typically gonna go light because I want something a little more natural and that's what I'm gonna do with the Texas Rig Number three, would be, again, on your colors, you know? Keep it simple We travel all across the country and I catch bass on say, a Bass Pro River Bug I carry about five or six colors

I use three of them a lot Keri May: Keep it simple Ott DeFoe: Right You don't need a whole bunch of different colors to catch bass anywhere you go Brandon Palaniuk: I would say the same thing applies with that, a lot of it, as the jig fishing, right? It's a technique that you can fish in a lot of different situations, a lot of different scenarios, and a lot of different baits, right? So, the first thing would be choosing the right bait for the situation because you can take a Texas Rig, you can put a 10-inch Zoom Ol' Monster worm on it, you can throw a little tiny Flippin' bait on it

So, I would say choosing the right bait for those situations and then, I would say a lot of it's the same Choosing the right weight size, right? If I'm fishing up shallow, a lot of times it'll be a little bit lighter If you go offshore, it gets windy like it is today Keri May: Like it is today, yeah Brandon Palaniuk: you wanna keep it down a little bit, so go with a little bit heavier weight

Then also, a lot of it is choosing the right hook, adapting that to the bait, you know? If I'm flipping, a lot of times I'll go with a straight shank flipping hook But when I move offshore, I like to go with a worm-style hook or something that's maybe a little bit longer and has an offset shank bend to it Jacob Wheeler: Texas Rigs, okay I'll tell you what, I've caught a few bass on Texas Rigs in my day and Texas Rigs definitely will play no matter where you're at But my favorite thing with Texas Rig, no doubt, is a 10-inch worm in the summertime

Throwing it around brush piles, it's something that absolutely catches them But for me, when I'm Texas-Rigging a big worm out deep, I like to actually make sure my weight is not pegged And the reason for that is when I bring that over that brush pile, that weight almost free-falls weightless, and so I feel I get a few more bites So, if you're fishing brush or fishing around a lot of cover a little bit offshore, stop pegging your weight You might get a few more bites

Also, when I'm fishing a bait that I'm flipping that is a glide bait, almost sorta like those beaver-style baits, you know, a Biffle Bug without the legs on it Anything that glides, I do not peg my weight and the reason for that is because you want your bait to glide a lot more, you don't peg it Or a tube is a great example If you're Texas-Rigging a tube, it'll glide a lot more if you don't peg your baits to, you know, have appendages on them So, your more cross-style baits, like a hammer cross, something like that, peg those

So those are the three things that I would recommend Definitely works for me Edwin Evers: Texas-Rigging, number one tip is make sure your worm is straight I see so many people that do not line that worm up with the seam You know, there's a seam where that mold closes

Make sure your worm's straight You know, I really prefer a round bend hook You just have the bestthe best hooking percentage would be my second tip, you know, like a good Mustad Round Bend Hook And then third, the fall rate, you know, I would just think about what size weight you're gonna use, you know? The lighter the weight, the slower it's gonna make you work that bait The heavier the weight, the faster you can work it So, experiment with different size worm weights See if it changes the amount of bites you get

Greg Hackney: Number one, for me, on a Texas Rig is I'm 100% of the time pegging my weight, and the deal is that way, I'll always know where my bait is The only drawback to not pegging it, a lot of times what'll happen is, especially like if you're using a creature bait or something with legs, that bait will get caught on something and the weight will pull away from it and you've about wasted the cast because the bait didn't go where you wanted it to And so, if I want the bait to fall slow, I'll just use an extra small weight But 100% of the time, I always peg my weight Number two would be I always use a rubber insert

I do not use a bobber stop I use the rubber insert and the reason for that, it protects my line from tungsten weights You know, one thing that's different, a lot of guys now have switched over to using tungsten weights instead of lead and those weights are extremely hard and they have hard edges and then I find they're a lot harder on your line, regardless if you're using braid or you're using fluorocarbon So, I always use the rubber peg The other deal is have a good selection of rubber pegs because not all weights have the same line hole and so, typically, the bigger the weight, the bigger the hole

So, there are pegs made for the bigger weights Keri May: Oh, great tips Great tips Skeet Reese: Yes, I fish a straight shank hook on all my soft plastics, so it's a Trokar TK180 A straight shank hook will give you a much better hook and land ratio on any Texas Rig bait, period

It doesn't have the flex in it as an offset hook Then, typically, fish the lightest possible sinker you can fish to get away with You'll get more bites typically with a lighter weight than you will a heavier weight And then, third goes back to fishing fluorocarbon lines So, for me, it's Trilene

That'll help you get more bites Brent Ehrler: Top three tricks or tips Keri May: Could be tricks too Brent Ehrler: Tricks, tips You know, let's go bait choices

Number one, for me, is actually a Yamamoto Senko Texas-Rig it, you're weightless The other thing I will do is put a 1/8-ounce Eagle Claw tungsten weight on there and it has a unique fall to it I peg that always and it has a unique fall to it and if I'm in trouble anywhere, that's a bait that I know will catch fish If I don't know anything about the lake, I know I can tie that on and catch fish

And then, the Flappin' Hog, which is just a beaver-style bait, very subtle You can flip with it, you can pitch with it, you can cast with it, you can do everything with it They have a brand new bait out called the Cowboy, which I have just started to use, and I think that that's gonna be, you know, something that's gonna come into play big time for me in the future It's literally brand new I got them about five days ago

It's that new So, that's something that will probably come into the mix here pretty quick So, bait choices for me Senko, Flappin' Hog, and Cowboy, and that's it Keri May: That's it? Brent Ehrler: You don't need anything else

Keri May: Simple I like it I like it a lot

The Best Jig Fishing Tips (Because They Work!) | Bass Fishing

Keri: Hey folks, Keri May here with BassResourcecom

We're talking to Skeet Reese I actually got this angler's name right, finally It's been taking me a while, trust me And we're gonna ask him his best three tips for jig fishing Skeet Reese: Best three tips for jig fishing

One, I've just learned and I've gotten this year is a Berkley Maxscent Meaty Chunk Jig Trailer, fish don't let go of it, so that helps you land a lot more fish Fishing slow is probably one of the most important tips And fishing a fluorocarbon, which I use a Trilene Fluorocarbon to be able to keep your jig in the bottom and get better sensitivity and better hook sets Keri: Brandon is gonna tell us his top three tips for jig fishing Brandon Palaniuk: Okay, for jig fishing, my first one is gonna be applying the right jig to the style of fishing you're doing

And what I mean by that is if you're fishing offshore, you don't wanna be throwing a big giant flipping jig, you wanna be throwing a football style or some type of finesse jig that matches those conditions And then, vice versa, when you go shallow, if you're fishing around shallow cover, you wanna make sure that you've got a jig that's got a little bit more of a stout weedguard, a little bit bigger hook that you can get those fish out of the heavy cover and then you're gonna match the rest of your tackle to that, so that would be my first tip Number two would have to be about colors, but I'm not gonna go into that much because I believe we're gonna talk about that a little bit later Keri: We're gonna talk about color Bren: So I'm not gonna go into all of the colors

And then, I think, my next tip would probably be the weight size and adjusting your weight for different conditions And just general rule of thumb, early in the spring, I like to go with lighter weights The fish are moving a little bit slower, gives you a slower fall, and then, as the water warms up, I'll go with a little bit heavier jig, three-quarter, one ounce, a little bit faster fall, more of a reaction strike Ott DeFoe: Top three tips for jig fishing Number one is keep it simple

Keri: I like that one Ott DeFoe: I use no more than three sizes I use a three-eights, a half and a three-quarter That's pretty much what I use And I will use a three-quarter more than a lot of guys do

I even flip it on shallow water, that kind of stuff So, you know, I use a heavy jig sometimes For me, I'm flipping in there, I wanna get it to the bottom I wanna get it there pretty quick a lot of the time, so it kinda creates a reaction by using a heavy jig I only carry about six colors

That's a part of the keep it simple, you know, don't have a whole bunch of different crazy colors for jig fishing I don't feel like you need them And the third one would be, you know, just to use it nearly every day you go I think last year on the Elite Series, I weighed the end fish on a jig in every tournament except one Keri: Wow

Ott DeFoe: So I think throughout the whole year in every tournament there was at least one fish, and a lot of tournaments there were a lot more than one I think Lake St Clair was the only place I didn't weigh in a fish on a jig Keri: Well, that's saying something for the jig, really Ott DeFoe: Yeah, yeah, very versitile

Edwin Evers: Jig fishing? You know, the biggest thing I can tell you in jig fishing is it's one of those baits that always needs to be tied on You know, a lot of people think of a jig as it only relates to a crawfish, but a jig is a great bluegill imitator It's also a great shad imitator all by change in the skirt color And there's just, you know, a couple of things to keep in mind You know, if you're fishing it on the bottom, I always like to try to be sure you drag

like a football jig, drag your rod sideways That's gonna keep better contact with the bottom Fluorocarbon is a must when I'm in that situation

You know, because fluorocarbon is a very dense line You have a direct pull with the jig If you're using monofilament, it's more buoyant, you're not gonna have near as good hook set or the feel braid You don't have any stretch It's not the right line

But then when I change that jig over to swimming it, favorite technique, you know, and a lot of people don't realize it, [inaudible 00:03:47] interchangeable Just really a great technique, imitates a bluegill, especially this time a year around this pond, that's when I change it over to braid A lot of times I'm swimming it around really heavy cover, making a long cast, and you don't want any of that stretch, you know, so you get a really good hook set But, you know, those are my tips for jig fishing It's one of the best time-tested baits that there ever was

Keri: Very true, very true And great tips Thank you so much Jacob Wheeler: You know, jig fishing isit's one of those things that everybody has their opinion on things You know, for me, I would say number one with a jig is when you make that cast, make sure it's falling on a slackline When you have your line and you can pitch out there, a lot of people just click their reel over and that jig will pendulum back, pendulum back And that's one thing, if it's a slackline, it's gonna fall real vertical, and a lot of times I get my bites on the fall

Another thing, inline line tie Now for me, personally, that's something that I like I feel I can get through the cover a little bit better and Last but not least, make sure you have a stiff weed guard, especially fishing in heavy cover If your jig is getting stuck all the time, you're not going to catch the bass

So that's something that I would definitely have to recommend Keri: Top three tips for jig fishing Brent Ehrler: Jig fishing, top three tips Trailers are a big deal with jigs To me, there's two styles

One has a lot of action to it, a lot of a kick, and one that's more of a subtle flap to it Now, let's explain those Kick would be a Yamamoto Twin Tail Grub, has a lot of kick to it The other one would be a Flappin' Hog, which is a beaver-style bait So when you lift and drop that jig, it's more of a flap to it instead of a hard kick

Colder weather, you want the one with little more of a flap to it versus the hard kick So warmer weather, the Twin Tail Grub, colder weather, the Flappin' Hog As far as where to fish, football head, for fishing deeper water, and then I use a Arkie-style head for shallower water The reason for that is the football, you're fishing normally around structure cover out deep I want the football head to catch when it's on the bottom, and it tends to wabble a lit bit more

The archy-style head is what I'm gonna use for fishing shallow cover, whether it's docks or laydowns, that archy-style head is the better head for fishing shallow Weights, for deep, I use the three-quarter For shallow, I use half And that's about it across the board Keri: Keeping it simple

Brent Ehrler: Keep it simple Keri: Yeah, perfect Thank you so much Greg Hackney: Oh, top You would ask me a hard one right off Number one would be colors Keep your colors simple You know, basically, you need a white one, a black one and a, you know, something green, pumpkin, bluegill colored

Number two would be trailers I do it about the same way I basically use three trailers on my jig I use a Rage Craw, I use a chunk of some sort, plastic chunk I choose a KVD Chunk, and I use a Menace Grub

Keri: Perfect, perfect Greg Hackney: And the last tip would be, don't get caught up in using one size Like, if you're a big fan of a three-eights, occasionally try half or even a three-quarter, you know, and swap it up a little bit, and I think you'll find you get a few more bites Keri: All right Great tips, really great tips

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The Best Spawn Fishing Tips (Because They Work!) | Bass Fishing

Greg Hackney: You know, probably top three tips on the spawn, you know, number one is cover lots of water You know, don't get caught up fishing for the first fish you see

Would be, roam around and see how they're setting up Are there pairs? Are there singles? Number two would be, don't be afraid to fish for dirty water Once you find them in clear water, then go to the dirty water and target the, you know, the same type of area where you saw those fish A lot of times, those fish in the dirty water will be a little easier to catch You won't have to visually fish for them

Number two would be don't count out moving baits forwhen certain conditions are right, you can always catch spawning fish on moving baits whether it be a swim jig, a crankbait, a spinnerbait, a frog But just under certain conditions, you know, the weather gets right, makes those fish a little more susceptible to a moving bait rather than just throwing plastics on them

Keri: Sure, sure Brent Ehrler: Top three tip for the spawn of shallow water fishing, obviously, you need to fish shallow around the spawn Typically, you need to get in bays or coves Once you get into the bays or coves, bait choices, Yamamoto Senko if you can't see them It's an excellent bait for covering water

If you're looking for fish that are actually spawning, it's a great bait to throw ahead of the boat, and don't do anything with it You're looking in the water for spawning fish, you're looking for cruising fish, let that bait sink to the bottom water while you're looking and reel it in If you go to reel it in and there's something on there, you set the hook If there's not, you reel it in and cast again Then once you find betting fish, then I'm gonna use a Texas rig with a Yamamoto Flappin' Hog

Depending on where I'm at, if I want a smaller bait, I use a three-inch It's actually a three and three-quarter-inch If it's a bigger body of water or lake that has bigger prey, bigger fish, then I'm gonna with the four and three-quarter ones, a little bit bigger ones So, two sizes of Flappin' Hog both on a quarter rounds head, Texas rig with probably 20-pound test The spinning

or I'm sorry, the Senko, I'm gonna probably throw on a spinning out thick with braided line, 12-pound braid to eight-pound floor carbon liter And I'll most likely throw that wacky rig But the best thing about that is you cast out and do not touch it, slack line

It does all the work for you That's the whole design of the Yamamoto Senko It's how it falls So, the fish, you know, can't resist that bait It's, by far, the number one bait around the spawn

Jacob Wheeler: Number one, always wear a good pair of sunglasses and have different shades You don't actually have to spend $200, $300 on a pair of sunglasses I wear Wiley X, there's a lot of great brands out there But have, you know, different shades, you know Have a grey, have amber, have a brighter, a brighter, like, yellow

Give you a couple different looks of what these fish are doing and see a couple inches or a foot deeper That's a huge difference Another thing, fish lower because those fish, sometimes they're a little finicky When you get around there, fish lower when you get those areas where those fish is spawning, especially, when you can't see them And last, but not least, don't be afraid to throw at top water

When the bass or spawning a lot of times are very territorial in what's above them because they don't wanna bluegill or shad or a minnow or anything around them So that's one of my thing that I'll throw a trap prop or a skitter walk, skitter pop, something like that to draw their attention They'll come up there and actually eat it because they're protecting their beds Edwin Evers: Top three tips for the spawn, I would say is one, all fish don't spawn at the same time, you know You may hear or see lots of fish up shallow

For every fish that you see up shallow, there's generally that many more back behind you So, keep that in mind Two, quiet You got to be quiet If you are actually up there fishing, the more quiet, the more stealthy you can be, the more success you're gonna have, you know

Make long cast Keep all the noise to minimum in your boat Don't be sitting in a slamming lids or turn motor on and off So, you know, be very, very stealthy And then last is, you know, just

if you're visually sight fishing for spawning fish, you know, you canyou know, like, how long it takes when you're flipping that bed, and then a fish comes in there, and then he leaves Think about that when you're fishing muddy water because, you know, notthey don't

you know, all the lakes that we all fish, they're not all clear, we could see them But by doing it when it's clear and you see how long it takes, think about that when you're flipping muddy water to let that bait sit in there a little bit longer, especially, if you're flipping bushes or docks, you know So many of us go down the bank and we flip it

Let it go to the bottom, you know, you pick your bed there and you pick it up ones Check it, no bite, then you reel it in and do it again During the spawn, a lot of times, that's when II'm gonna leave it in there, you know, twice as long as ever was And you're gonna be amazed how many more bites you get Ott DeFoe: Top three tips for the spawn is, for me, I love to fish a wacky worm during the spawn, you know So if I'm just going down the bank looking for fish, and even when I'm actually sight fishing, I'll use a wacky worm a lot Number two would be to use a top water

I get a lot of fish on a top water bait Name that storm cover pot, then I count to nine Nine on last year in a bass master class Keri: That'll be nice Ott DeFoe: So I was going a long way again this year

But yeah, would be to use a top water bait sometimes Those fish will just be extremely aggressive to it and you'll catch fish much easier that way Number three would be to sue a heavy bait or not a heavy bait necessarily but a big bait, something that's a big profile especially, when you're sight fishing a big bass, you know I'm talking a five-plus pounder Don't do that all the time with a real small bait

A big bait will make that fish much more aggressive Keri: Really? Ott DeFoe:Yeah Keri: Good tips, I'll use them it myself Ott DeFoe: Okay Keri: What are your top tips for the spawn? Brandon Palaniuk: Yeah, we're getting into that time of the year when it's happening

The number one thing for me there is going to be identifying if it's a catchable fish or not, okay? And especially, in a tournament situation where you got eight hours, it's important to be able to learn which ones you can actually catch If that fishif you are driving up to it and it just takes off like a bottle rocket and doesn't come back right away, probably, gonna waste your time trying to catch that one

You want the ones that you drop by on 100 and it sits there and looks at you Those are the ones you wanna chase after The next thing is gonna be identifying where that fish's sweet spot is because they all have a sweet spot And I…actually it will create a grid system inside the bed that helps me break that down quicker and where that fish reacts mostly And then the other thing is gonna be, you know, bait selection

What do you do to select the right bait? And you'll see fish that are hovering really close to the bottom, and some that are, kind of, suspended up When I'd see that, if they're close to the bottom, I'd try to choose a Texas rig or something that's on the bottom And if they're suspended up, a lot of times, I'll throw a drop shot so that those fish don't have to change their position to attack the bait Skeet Reese: Top three tips for fishing a spawn I'm using a very large swim bait to find spawning fish, so seven-inch to even up a 12-inch size bait will pull fish from a long ways away

So to show you where the fish are, a little tip, and fishing a drop shot, so whatever your favorite Berkley bait For me, whether it be a lot of times, it's Pit Boss But, you can fish a drop shot in or a 6-pound test but you can also put on flipping stick with 25-pound test But make it sure you fish a drop shot And third tip is for fish weightless

If you're just randomly casting fishing a weightless wormso I'm fishing the new general wacky rig that will slow weightless fall on spawning fish is hard for them to resist

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