Bass Fishing Rigs: Rig Like A Tournament Pro

Bass Fishing Rigs – Rig like a Tournament Pro

A worm rig is a great rig for bass fishing. It has won more tournaments than any other rig.

Although there is no single rig that will catch all largemouth, there are a few tried-and-true options that can increase your chances of landing a trophy fish.

Do you want to know more?

Gear up for bass rigging

Please refer to our guide Best Worms for Bass.

Gamakatsu Superline Offset Extra Wide Gap Worm Hook

Gamakatsu Superline Offset Extra Wide Gap Worm Hook-5 Per Pack (Black, 2/0)

A good offset hook is essential for both Texas and Carolina Rigs. It should have a wide gap and a sharp point. Gamakatsu is the best hook company.

VMC IKE Approved Neko Hook

VMC Neko Hook Black Nickel 2 (NK#2BNPP)

These hooks are great for Neko and Wacky Rigs and produce better hooksets than other options.

Reaction Tackle Bullet/Worm Weighs

Reaction Tackle Worm Weights 3/16 Silver

Both Texas and Carolina rigs use bullet weights. I prefer them over other styles. These may not be the best choice for you, but they are mine. I keep at least a few on hand whenever I go out on the water.

VMC Half Moon Wacky weight

VMC, Half Moon Wacky Weight, 1/8 oz, Natural, Package of 10

These worm weights are essential for a Neko Rig.

Eagle Claw 8 mm beads

Eagle Claw A8BEAD20R Plastic Beads, 8 mm, Red, 20 Piece

A Carolina Rig would not be complete without a large, flashy bead to add the bullet weight.

Mimilure Soft Silicon Float Stops

Mimilure 100 Pcs Rubber Fishing Bobber Stopper,6 in 1 Float Sinker Stops,Black Orange Oval Cylinder Float Stop Available (Black & Oval, M)

The Carolina Rig is incomplete without float stops.

Reaction Tackle Drop Shot Tungsten Weights

Reaction Tackle Drop Shot (Silver, Skinny, 1/8)

Although any type of sinker can be used with a Drop Shot Rig, pencil sinkers seem to be the most reliable.

Retail Barrel Swivels

Riptail Barrel Fishing Swivels - Steel with Corrosion-Resistant Finish, Size #8 (45lb) - 100 Pack

A good barrel swivel is required to connect your mainline and leader on a Carolina Rig.

Reaction Tackle Wacky O-Rings

Reaction Tackle Wacky O-Rings-125 Black

Anglers may prefer to use an O-ring when rigging with Neko and Wacky. They are just right-sized for this purpose.

Best Bass Rigs: Tournament Favorites With Step-by-Step Instructions

The Texas Rig

The Texas Rig is the most preferred choice of bass anglers on any lake that I have fished. It’s easy to see why.

The Texas Rig is a heavyweight at the nose. This makes it easier to navigate difficult-to-navigate areas. The weight of the Texas Rig makes it enticing, as it slides the worm deeper into water. This allows the tail to waggle and makes a lot of noise. It’s also able to catch big bass season after season when it’s used in short hops or falls across the bottom.

You can also rig it to run virtually weedless, which is a winning combination that any largemouth angler will appreciate.

This rig is great for me to use soft plastics that make the most of the down flutter.

These steps will help you assemble a Texas Rig.

  1. Slide a bullet sinker tip first onto your mainline.
  2. Attach an offset shank hook to a Palomar Knot. You can wet the knot and tighten it. Trim the end of your tag.
  3. Pass the offset hook’s point through the worm’s tip. The hook should be about 1 inch in the worm’s head.
  4. Push the worm upwards and above the hook’s eye. Use that offset to your advantage to get the worm straightened.
  5. Rotate the point toward the worm. The hook should be extended to allow the worm to extend along with the hook.
  6. The bottom curve of the hook attached to the worm’s body should be measured. This is where you will bury the point during the next step.
  7. The point should be pushed back into the body of the worm.
  8. To create a weedless rig, push a little bit of your worm onto a hook.

The Carolina Rig

The Carolina Rig has a lot of admirers for its ability to remove soft plastics from the restrictions of weight. This allows the worms to glide and float slowly to the bottom, which is deadly, prompting a reaction strike even if the bass aren’t hungry.

You can also add a bead to the weight, which creates vibration and rattle as you work with it.

The Carolina Rig’s Worm is almost weedless when it’s set Texas-style.

It’s clear to see why this rig is a favorite of tournament players.

These are the steps to assemble a Carolina Rig.

  1. Slide a bullet sinker tip first onto your mainline.
  2. This is followed by a bead big enough to stop the sinker.
  3. Place a silicon stop just below the bead.
  4. Use a Uni Knot to attach a barrel swivel. You can wet the knot and tighten it. Trim the tag at its end.
  5. About 18 inches of the leader should be cut.
  6. Attach your leader to the barrel pivot using a Uni Knot. You can wet the knot and tighten it. Trim the end of your tag.
  7. Attach an offset shank hook to your leader using a Palomar knot. You can wet the knot and tighten it. Trim the endof your tag.
  8. Pass the offset hook’s point through the tip of a worm’s head. The hook should be about 1 inch in the worm’s head.
  9. Push the worm upwards and above the hook’s eye. Use that offset to your advantage to get the worm straightened.
  10. Rotate the point toward the worm. The hook should be extended to allow the worm to extend along with the hook.
  11. The bottom curve of the hook attached to the worm’s body should be measured. This is where you will bury the point during the next step.
  12. The point should be pushed back into the body of the worm.
  13. To create a weedless rig, push a little bit of your worm onto a hook.

The Drop-Shot Rig

We have written a lot about the Drop Shot Rig. It is one of our favorite tools. Check out our drop shot tips!

It is my go-to finesse tool for largemouth. Drop Shot lets you work at the bottom at a predetermined depth and avoids snags. It also offers incredible options for soft plastic action.

It doesn’t matter if you tail hook or nose hook your worms; it will give them unbeatable lives as you twitch the rig.

This rig, unlike other worm techniques, is best fished using a lighter rod to increase finesse.

These steps will help you assemble a Drop Shot Rig.

  1. Attach the hook you choose to your Palomar Knot. A finesse hook is my preference, but you could also rig a Texas-style worm.
  2. The tag should be approximately 18 to 3 feet long. This will determine the depth of your presentation.
  3. Then run the tag end through the eye of the hook.
  4. Attach a pencil sinker at the bottom.

The Wacky Rig

A Wacky Rig or a fat Senko is all you need to make bass crazy. You can send your worm wriggling and shiver by lifting your rod tip. That’s not all!

You can hook your worm with a hook or use an O-ring. But one thing is certain: if fished correctly, the Wacky Rig makes money.

The exposed hook can cause problems in thick material, so I prefer to use a Wacky Rig that I know won’t get stuck.

These are the steps to assemble a Wacky Rig.

  1. Attach a Palomar Knot to a #2 VMC IKE Approved Neko Hook
  2. You can either pierce the worm at its midpoint, or you can use an O-ring with your hook to attach it to your worm.

The Neko Rig

Although the Neko Rig may be the newest, it is already being praised by pro anglers on the tournament circuit.

The Neko Rig allows for variations in rigging, which can result in unpredictable trips to the bottom of erratic actions. It uses off-center weighting and multiple hook positions to transform a worm’s vertical presentation to a horizontal presentation.

Although the Neko Rig is a modified Wacky Rig you can change the location of the hook through the worm or where to place the O-ring. The only thing that will not change is how you weigh your soft plastic.

These steps will help you assemble a Neko Rig.

  1. Attach a Palomar Knot to a #2 VMC IKE Approved Neko Hook
  2. You can either pierce your worm at 1/3 towards the unweighted tip or you can use an O-ring as a connection between your hook and your worm. Alternately, you can try the middle point or 1/3 towards the weighted end.
  3. A VMC Half Moon Wacky Weight will help you to lose the fat from your worm.

Last Thoughts

These are proven rigs that tournament pros know and trust to put them in the money, and whether you’d like to fish the circuit or just enjoy a morning’s bass fishing, they’ll help you land more big largemouth–guaranteed!

We hope you found this article helpful in finding a new rig or improving on your existing ones. As always, we would love to hear from our readers.

Lewis
Lewis Mark is a vastly experienced fly fisher. His encyclopedic knowledge of fly tying has led to start blog on fishing. He also review Fishing equipment based on his knowledge and experience.