Texas Rig

The weedless worm

My Dad learned to fish Texas rigged plastic worms fishing with his work buddies from Friendly Ford. He showed me what he had learned and soon I was hooked (get it). Simply slip on a lead , brass or Tungsten bullet weight and then tie your hook on using your favorite fishing knot.

Insert about a quarter inch of your hook into the center of the worm end. Turn the hook point and exit the side of the worm’s head. Thread your worm hook through the hole you’ve made until you reach the hook’s eye.

The last part takes a little practice. Bend you worm so that when the hook point enters the worm the rig lays perfectly straight. You can line up the proposed entry site by laying the hook next to the worm first.

Now you have a perfect weedless bait ready to catch giant largemouth bass. But who thought of this rig? In the first minute of the first ever, Ray Scott’s Bass Tournament, June 1967 on Beaver Lake, Arkansas,

Bill dance caught a 2 1/2 pound bass on a blue Texas rigged Flagtail Worm. Bill certainly gave Texas rigged worms national visibility but was not the inventor. In Akron, Ohio, in the late 40’s Nick and Cosma Creme cooked up the perfect combination of vinyl, oils and pigments to produce a molded worm that not only looked and felt soft and alive, but also stayed that way when exposed to air over time.

There’s no doubt in my mind I hooked the first bass ever caught in a BASS event and I caught it on a worm.”

Bill Dance

In 1951, their first market worm, the Creme Wiggle Worm was sold by mail in 5 packs for $1.00. At the Cleveland Sportsman’s Show , the same year, they sold almost 10,000 packs. Unable to meet the demand in their home they opened a small plant in Akron. They noticed that a lot of worms were being shipped to Tyler, Texas and that they were getting multiple demands for their worms without the inset hooks.

The fisherman there were coming up with their on rigging techniques. While no one knows the person who first came up with the Texas Rig, there is a good chance it was on one of the plain Creme worms in Tyler, Texas. Creme even moved their factory and headquarters there.

I’ve used the Texas rig on many worms including Creme, Mann’s Jelly Worms, Auger tail, Zoom worms and lizards. It is my favorite way to rig a worm. Worms have come out scented and with various tastes imbedded.

I’ve also used the scents that you squirt on like Fish Formula and Jack’s Juice to try to keep that bass hanging on long enough to set the hook. Above, I gave the simplest form of Texas rigging but I like to go one step further (like in the video – below)

and put the hook entirely through the worm and then skin hook the tip. This makes it easier to get a hook set as the hook doesn’t have to penetrate the remainder of the worm body before going into the fishes mouth.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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