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Largemouth Bass Techniques –using Your Texas Rigged Plastics
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Perhaps the best largemouth baits among bass anglers today is plastics, weekender or professional angler one thing in common, a box full of plastics.

Sometimes it makes all the difference in the world, as to catch fish or just have some practice casting, are you using the proper technique for your bait?

Weighted

When using a bullet weight for your Texas rigged worm the natural movement is for the weight to move freely up and down the line, when the fish takes the plastic they don’t feel the weight.

When fishing a Texas rigged worm in thicker weeds or lumber the movement can hinder your presentation, it hangs up on the cover making it hard to fish properly.

You can use a screw type weight, that screws right into the top of the plastic and holds it in place, nice for fishing the weeds.

Another way to go is to peg your weight so it doesn’t slide (I prefer this method, I can now use my weights both ways, economical). Do this by placing the end of a toothpick into the end of the weight and break it off when tight, now it won’t move when going through thicker weeds.

Weightless

Going the complete opposite way when rigging your plastic instead of adding the bullet weight leave it off and go weightless, yes weightless.

This rig is great for fishing largemouth when fishing a flat or shallow bay filled with stumps, weed clumps or rocky out crops. It is best fished by casting it out past your target and slowly twitch or jerk it back over the cover letting it slowly fall beside, let it sit for a bit then give it small jerking motion and wait for the strike.

If a sunny day, work it on the shady side of the cover, largemouths prefer low light conditions.

Wacky Rigged Plastics

The wacky rig sure has gained a following in the last few years, perhaps not a new technique but it seems to be all the rage, maybe because it works so well. Ok maybe it has been around for a while as some have been using this method for some time now, but in reality it has been made popular in the last few years, having plastics made directly for this technique.

Simple as simple gets, put the point of your hook (look for wacky rig hooks I prefer red) through the middle of the plastic, fish this weightless or if needed a small split shot about 6-8 inches up the line. Use this rig much the same way you would use a weightless Texas rigged plastic. I love to cast these by docks or drop offs as they fall so slowly largemouth just can’t resist.

Simple yet effective methods for using your plastics baits for catching more largemouth bass.

Texas rigged plastics are they for everybody, are they for you…?


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