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How to Build a Texas Style Plastic Worm

Soft plastic baits are one of the most diverse fishing options for anglers. They switch from fresh water to salt water and come in all shapes, sizes, colors, styles and even scents. Since this device can be used in numerous environments to attack virtually every species of fish on the planet, you can imagine anglers have known how to mount a plastic worm for just about any scenario. For simplicity, we’ll cover one of the most common plastic worming techniques: The Texas Rig.

The Texas Rig is characterized by its weed-free nature and is the basis for many variations of plastic worming techniques such as the drop-shot rig or the Carolina rig. If you’re looking to learn how to build a Texas-style plastic worm, you’ve come to the right place. Here is a quick guide in seven easy steps.

What you will need

  • Soft plastic bait
  • Offset auger hook

How to Build a Texas Style Plastic Worm

Start with your hook already tied to your leader or leash.

  1. Insert the tip of the hook into the tip of the worm and pierce it about a quarter of an inch.
  2. Exit the hook through the worm’s belly.
  3. Pull the hook through until the tip of the worm reaches the eye of the hook.
  4. Rotate the hook 180 degrees so that the tip is now facing the worm body.
  5. The next step is critical. You will embed the tip of the hook in the snail so that only the hook shaft is exposed and the bait is considered weed-free. The goal is to insert the hook into the right part of the worm so that it looks straight and natural.
  6. Hold the worm upright against the side of the hook. The bottom of the hook is a reference line for the end position of the hook.
  7. Penetrate the worm a little below the reference line, tie the tip of the hook into the belly, and angle towards the tip of the snail.
  8. Make sure the hook is embedded near the edge but not exposed.

If the worm isn’t perfectly straight, you may need to adjust the entry point of the hook. You can also use a weighted worm hook or slide a weight on the line for added versatility and sinking power. The Texas Method is great for upgrading all types of soft plastic bait. To complete your Texas rig, make sure you know some sturdy line knots.

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