When to Downsize Texas Rigs

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Today’s hardcore bass anglers hit the water with an arsenal of proven finesse tactics like Neko rigging, the drop shot, wacky worming and the shaky jighead to name a few. All perform excellently but so does the often overlooked finesse Texas rig.


California bass pro Billy Hines loves “counting rocks” with a light Texas rig. He fishes a finesse floating worm with a light, unpegged bullet weight and spinning tackle. Hines uses a slow and methodical retrieve to work the worm in and out of crevices in the rocks.

Downsize and slowdown with a finesse Texas rig the next time the “big stuff” falls short. It’s always capable of putting 2- to 10-pounders in the boat.