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Rigging options are many, but true to his Texas heritage, Faircloth’s a big fan of the namesake rig. His top scenarios for Texas-rigged worms are an outside weed edge, brush piles or deep timber.

Faircloth said he has huge faith in the Strike King Cut-R Worm, especially for weed lines and deep timber. Around brush piles, he’ll use the big, bold look of a Strike King Anaconda.

“The Anaconda has more water displacement and it has more action,” Faircloth said. “The Cut-R has a more subtle action than the larger profile Anaconda, which is a more aggressive worm.”

Presentation: Particularly around brush and deep timber, Faircloth casts past the target and brings the worm into it, as opposed to casting right on top.

“Even if that big worm is falling on a very slack line, it’s going to have a tendency to want to come toward you,” Faircloth explained. “If you cast right at the target, that worm will swing away from it.

“On a weed line, that time of year, I’ll sit shallow and throw deep, just because I can identify the weed line a lot easier, as opposed to casting into the grass and bringing my worm out.”

Flipping and pitching those grass lines also plays a role in Faircloth’s summer game plan and he offers this insight.

“Most of the time, when I’m fishing a Texas-rigged bait, I want something that has some type of action on the tail because I’m fishing it more aggressively around that stuff.

“I’m usually pitching into the cover and really tight to the cover, so presenting more action draws more strikes out of the cover, whereas I’m usually fishing the Cut-R Worm on the outside edge.”

With either worm, Faircloth is a stickler for rigging prudence.

“I always like to rig the worm in the seam and I want the tail up and the hook down,” Faircloth said. “Looking at it in the water, it looks more natural with that tail curling up. If you have the hook and the tail pointed the same way, that’s more of a swimming motion, as opposed to hopping the worm or the worm falling vertically.”