Over the years, bass fishermen have developed very specific bass fishing rigs to help them catch the popular game fish largemouth bass. Some of these are adaptations of other rigs, and some are ways of fishing soft plastics such as artificial worms and tubes. Each of the below bass rigs has a different use.

Carolina Rigs

A Carolina rig, one of the most popular bass fishing rigs

Carolina Rigs are Sliding Sinker Rigs created specifically as bass fishing rigs with a weedless hook and a soft plastic worm. A Carolina rig works with egg sinkers up to 3 or 4 ounces. Lighter sinkers help the rig pass through weeds or grass.

BASS FISHING TIPS: For a heavier weight, replace the egg sinker with a fishfinder slide (a hollow tube with an attachment point for heavier sinkers) and clip on a heavier weight. To keep the sinker or fishfinder from snagging on the swivel, place a small plastic bead on the mainline between the sinker and the swivel. The advantage of a Carolina rig or fishfinder rig is that it allows the fish to pick up the bait without detecting the weight of the sinker.

To Thread a plastic worm on to the hooks of bass fishing rigs:

  1. To rig a soft plastic worm to work as a weedless lure, you’ll want to start with an offset shank worm hook (although other hooks will work as well).
  2. To start, push the point of the hook into the center of the top of the worm so the tip penetrates just a quarter inch or so into the worm, and then push the tip through the side of the worm. Slide the hook through the head of the worm to the offset, twisting the point of the hook 180 degrees so it points back towards the worm.
  3. Hold the worm by the head and allow it to hang straight down against the hook. Grab the worm between two fingers where the point of the hook rests against the body of the worm. Lift the worm just slightly and angle it so you can push the point of the hook completely through the body of the worm.
  4. Pinch the worm at the point of the hook and slip the point just below the skin of the worm to make it weedless.
  5. You might have to finesse the worm at the top of the hook to make the whole thing lie flat. If the worm is humped up, or curved, try again. The body of the worm should lie more or less in a straight line for it to be effective.

Texas Rig

An example of one of the bass fishing rigs with a weedless hook

The Texas Rig is one of the popular bass fishing rigs. It is a way to fish a soft plastic worm close to or in cover such as weeds. It requires a special cone-shaped weight and a “worm hook” which is designed to be threaded through the worm so that the point of the hook is not exposed. This allows these rigs to worked through weeds or heavy cover.

  1. Slide a cone-shaped weight through your main line with the bottom of the cone facing the end of the line
  2. Tie on a weedless worm hook
  3. Add a soft plastic worm by first threading...

BASS FISHING TIPS: Some anglers like to jam the weight in place with a small bit of toothpick.



Drop Shot Rig

A drop shot rig, one of the only bass fishing rigs where the lure is not on the bottom

Drop shot rigs are also popular bass fishing rigs as they allow you to present a soft plastic lure above the bottom to bass that are suspended just above the bottom. But they also are great fishing rigs for catfish and a variety of other species. It consists of a weight and a hook tied inline such that it hangs with the shank parallel to the bottom. The Palomar knot is a great way to tie this rig. The hook should face upwards which will help keep it from snagging.

  1. Double your line and pass it through the eye of the hook. Make sure to leave enough of a tag end to tie your weight on later. Tie an overhand knot but do not pull it tight, allowing the hook to dangle freely
  2. Pull the loop from your overhead knot over the hook and tighten by pulling both parts of the line. (you have essentially tied a palomar knot on your hook)
  3. Take your tag line and run it through the eye of your hook again. The goal is to get the hook to stick out at a 90 degree angle from the main line so that the shank of the hook is parallel to the bottom
  4. Then tie your weight to the tag end of your line
  5. Add your lure or plastic worm to your hook

Some avid anglers have developed advanced or personal bass rigs to fool this famous game fish. Do you have your own? Share your homemade rigs or other bass fishing tips on the Take Me Fishing Community Forum.