This article is from the Fishing bass FAQ, by Bass Rogue with numerous contributions by others.
- Bass Rogue
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 in 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 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 :)