What is Texas rigging?
Response by Bass Rogue - Dated 7/12/1998
A Texas style rig is a way of rigging a plastic worm so it is weedless and nose heavy. It is a great way to dance a worm along the bottom. To rig a worm Texas style, slip a 1/4 to 3/8 oz. bullet weight onto your line. The line goes into the pointed part of the weight first. Next, tie a 2/0 or 3/0 worm hook onto the line. To rig the worm, stick the point of the hook into the head end of the worm.
When the hook is about 3/8 of an inch into the worm, twist the worm so the hook exits the bottom of the worm. Pull the hook through the worm until only the eyelet remains in the worm. Rotate the hook and bury the pointed part into the side/bottom of the worm. When you are done, the bullet weight should be resting against the head end of the worm, the hook should be external to the worm except for both ends, and the worm should be straight.
The reason the weight is left to slide up and down the line is to deny the bass a mechanical advantage when it tries to throw a hook. In other words, when the bass shakes its head, the weight slides up and away.
To fish this rig, cast it out and let it drop to the bottom. Let it sit there for 10 seconds, then lift your rod tip about 8 inches and let it fall again. Reel up the slack and repeat. You are pulling the worm up off the bottom and then letting it drop again. When the weather gets cool or the fish go deep and aren't interested, slow your retrieve way down.
A variation of this setup is to peg the weight about 8 to 10 inches above the worm. This slows the fall of the worm and gives it a more random motion. To peg the worm, get a toothpick and think about it. :)