Your spot is picked out. Lures are chosen and you're ready to start pulling in your prize catch. But before you can start, you need to know how to rig those lures for the best chance at landing your next largemouth bass.
Most lures can be tied directly to your line, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, jigs, swimbaits. But in the case of soft plastic lures you will need to know a few ways to rig these up to make the most effective use of them when going after largemouth bass.
First and foremost is the Texas Rig. This is going to be the easiest and quickest of the rigs to setup and will most likely be your go-to rig for worms, lizards and minnow baits. The Texas rig consist of a hook and a worm sinker.
You use the Texas rig to cast into any situation you want use a soft plastic but it is primarily used to fish the banks and areas where there is vegetation or other surface cover. Used more for shallow water applications but it really will work in any situation.
Once you know how to tie the Texas Rig you are halfway to knowing the Carolina Rig. For the Carolina Rig you will need an Egg sinker, a barrel swivel, a bead and section of line to use as a leader and obviously your worm hook.
Use this rig for those times you need to fish a little deeper. you cast and drag your line through the target area. You can use this to fish over humps, from one ledge to the next and sometimes just to get the feel of the bottom surface. You’ll be able to notice changes while you work the rig on the bottom. When you do feel a difference stop for a minute in that area. You may be on the one piece of cover in that area and it may be holding bass.
I love fishing the dropshot. It is my personal go-to rig. It’s another easy setup and has done well for me. This rig is more what the angling world calls a “finesse” type of technique. Basically you fish it on lighter gear and fish it slow. That’s all you really need to know.
Use this when the situation calls for a slower presentation. It also also works great where you have identified a piece of isolated cover on your sonar or by dragging that Carolina Rig.
Cast and let it sit for a bit. I then move my rod up to move my lure and then let it sit in that spot until I feel the nibbles. Then out of nowhere, like a freight truck, that slam will get you!
The selection of soft plastic lures is massive so they are the most flexible of all the different types of lures on the market. There are several ways to use them. These are just a few of the ways to present soft plastics that will lend to pretty much any fishing situation, fast, slow and everything in between.
In the comments below tell us what your favorite rig is or which one you are going to give a try the next time you head out on the water.
What about hard lures? How do you use those and what should you focus on? We’ll take a look in the next section of specific way to use crankbaits and spinnerbaits.