I usually throw spinners jigs or cranks for bass. This year gonna texas rig for some large mouth. since hook isnt exposed how hard of a hook set should there be since hook has to pass through plastic. or is it just any easy hook set
No different hook set force that a crank bait hookset really (different timing tho), just wait a sec for em to start gulpin it in and you feel the line pressure... make sure that they are eating it, even let em swim a couple feet wit it, then let em have it! You just dont want to pull it outta their mouth with an early hookset before they really got ahold of it. If you are using heavy line, you can really jack em hard to make sure you dont loose em in the battle and really stick that hook in there.
I watched my dad set the hook on a bass on a powerworm... mega-style!, he ripped the bass out of the water, over himself and over the boat and splash back in the water behind his back on the other side of the boat. :lol:
The fish wasnt as big as he thought only a 14 incher....hehe.
Texas rigging used to be one of my top tactics, tho I havent used it much last couple years, tho every time I do bring it out it certainly catches fish. I almost exclusively use red shad color powerbait power worms on texas rigs, and sometime plastic craw imitaions when around more rocks.
thanks guys i really apriciate the feed back. i tried texas rig this year but no action yet just wanna be prepared when i get the bite. i kinda figured hook would go through plastic with ease but just wanted to double check. i have some power baits that are thick
I think how hard you set the hook depends on the type of plastic your using. With light wire hooks, setting the hook lightly works, but if you do that with a beef hook with a big plastic you'll lose lot's of fish. I'd rather set the hook harder than softer, because I know if I get a big fish and I didn't set the hook hard enough it's as good as gone. Your looking at being able to texas rig baits like creatures, tubes, worms and craws. It totally depends on whether or not your finesse fishing with small stuff or jiggin the jungle for the giants!
Depends on what you are using and how thick the hook is. If I am tex-rigging a Senko or Berkley worm with a relatively thin hook like a Gamagatsu, I won't hammer them. A solid hookset will work just fine. But if I am throwing something bulkier with a thicker hook like a tube, thick craw, or creature, I really lay hard into these fish.
If you are just getting into Tex-rigging, I'd keep it simple. You can catch a ton of bass on a Berkley 7" blue fleck worm, 3/16 oz sinker, and a 2/0 EWG Gamagatsu hook. From there you can move onto creature baits and different craws. Hook size goes up based on the thickness of the plastic. Hope it helps.
I personally like usin texas rig under docks, amongst lilly pads, or timbers, where you can kinda figure where the fish are at since it isnt an area covering tactic. I also mostly fish em later in the summer, Though I know that can be the ticket in cold weather for other anglers, I still prefer a louder area covering presentation this time o year.
If I fish for largemouth I love the texas rig. They are alot of fun. You definitely need to set the hook relatively firmly, but you probably don't have to go nuts like the guys on TV. I think it is most important to go slow, slow, slow. Be a line watcher, be PATIENT, and did I mention go slow? :wink:
Thank you for asking this question because I realized that I did not know how to do it. To bad I realized it when my Senko was in the mouth of a LMB and I tried to reel him in like a pan fish. That would have been my first bass ever on Friday. I guess it was a live and learn thing. :roll:
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