There are only three black bass fishing rigs that need to be learned. Just handle these three and the bass will be coming into the cooler, quickly. Bass anglers all to often seem to have the enthusiasm to get themselves all juiced up for a big day of fishing only to find themselves coming in at the end of the day with only one or two bass. That is sad, pathetic and virtually unnecessary. Why go through all that time and labor, preparation to just come back with one or even two bass? Not worth the time my bass hunting friend. There is a better way and I will tell you right about now.
But before I do that, let me say a few things about why the bass fishermen of the world fail when they go fishing. What most bass fisherman do is spend the day casting, re-rigging, running, and loosing lures all the while getting frustrated because the fish aren’t cooperating. Sound familiar? It should and do not be embarrassed or proud, I am not your girlfriend. I surely know this feeling and any angler reading my article has had the same feeling at some point and time. The lonely feeling is not true. We have all been in this exact same position, alone struggling with no one to turn to. Well, those days are coming to an end, don’t feel bad if this does happen to you because you are definitely not alone. One of the most important variables of bass fishing is the art of rig selection.
Three rigs are all you will ever need and here they are; Texas rig, Carolina rig, and the floating rig. These three rigs are probably the most successful lures for catching largemouth bass an angler can use just about anywhere, anytime. Guaranteed my bass fishing buddies. Now, some anglers may ask, “Why would I use all three of these rigs?”. The answer is really quite simple. It’s like using tools of the trade. A carpenter wouldn’t use a hammer to back out a screw, nor would he or she use a screwdriver to pound nails. Well, at least most of them wouldn’t! The same goes with bass fishing. An angler should have the right tools of the trade to do a specific job.
The first rig and probably the most used in the entire bass fishing world, is the famed Texas rig. This is the only one I will describe in detail since really it will work for any type of bass fishing. It is a simple rig that can be tied in a hurry. This rig has landed more bass than any other rig around, and I use it almost religiously. To rig a Texas rig you will need a line, hook, and sinker. That’s it. The steps are easy, like I said. First, you put your sinker (usually a bullet-shaped slip sinker) onto the line with the smaller point of the weight going on first or “facing up.” Then tie your hook (usually an offset worm hook) to the end of the line. Now you are ready for the live bait or even a jig. It does not matter, this Texas rig works for both live and artificial baits. A real winner! The other two rigs are fine but do not compare to the versatility of the Texas. The Carolina and the floater are good rigs and have their spots in bass fishing, just not here.