Choosing Hook Size And Style For Your Texas Rig: The Ultimate Guide
With so many variables in bass fishing gear, it’s easy to get confused. If you want to learn how to choose the right hook size for Texas Rigs, this article is what you were looking for! In this article, you will learn how to choose the right hook size and style for Texas Rigs. I made sure to include every piece of information you need to know.
Texas Rig Hook Size and Style
Bait or Situation
Extra Wide Gap Hook (EWG)
2/3 of bait’s size
Thicker and Fatter Baits, as well as Flukes.
2/3 of bait’s size
Thin Body Lures, Stick Baits (Worms, Senkos, among others.)
2/3 of bait’s size
Situations where there is a lot of grass.
There are different ways the size of some hooks is measured. When it comes to choosing the right hook size and type for Texas Rigs on different baits, there are a few ways you can go about it. The goal is that after you finish reading this article, you will easily be able to pick a hook for your Texas Rig and bait.
Choosing the right size for your Texas Rigged Bait
And this part is much simpler than you thought. Basically, what you want to do is overlay the hook on top of the bait and see if the size you have makes sense to use it with that bait. The bigger the bait is, the bigger the hook should be. Think about these two scenarios:
- Imagine a very small hook. Let’s say that when Texas Rigged, the lowest part of the belly barely passes 1/4 of the lure’s body length. Now imagine that you use that hook and that bait. You go fishing and a fish bites. And you weren’t able to hook that bass because the hook is so small that it only covers the top part of the bait. It just bit a piece of that plastic. See where I’m going with this?
- Imagine a hook that is so big that you just can’t Texas Rig your bait.
If you want a general reference (not golden rule, just a reference), I would say that the lowest part of the belly of the hook should be around 3/4 of the length of the body of the lure. If the bass bites, it must get hooked. Like I said, it’s not a golden rule. Doesn’t necessarily apply to stick baits like senkos and worms, depending on their size.
What to pay attention to when choosing a hook for your Texas Rig?
The more compact the gap of a hook is, the better. Avoid bumps on the bait as it will not look natural. This will drastically decrease your success rate.
How Are Hooks Measured?
There are two different formats you will often find when looking at hook sizes. These numbers are the distance between the shank and shaft of the hook and the length of the shaft.
First format: Number Only
The higher the number is, the smaller the hook will be. In this case, a number 7 hook size will be smaller than a number 4. Once the hook size gets to #1, then it changes to fractions.
Second format: Fraction-Zero
When the package has this formatting, then it’s the opposite. The bigger the number, the bigger the hook. Isn’t that weird?
What styles of hook are there for bass fishing?
There are 3 types of hook that you will often find in bass fishing. There are more but this are the ones you should know (either for Texas Rigs or anything else):
EWG (Extra Wide Gap Hook)
The main feature that sets this hook apart is that the point of the hook is at the same height than the eye. The hook is in line with the eye. It has a very round belly. The advantages of this hook is that it’s more weedless, it will make your baits last longer and it has a consistent presentation:
Offset Round Bend Worm Hook (AKA Worm Hook)
This hook has a straight belly. The point of the hook is not very aligned to the height of where the eye is. The advantage of this bait is that it’s easy to rig:
Flipping hook/Straight Shank Hook
The eye is far from being aligned with the point of the hook. It has straight belly. Contrary to the other two, this hook does not have a gap/bend below the eye. The advantage to this hook is that it has a better hook up ratio:
What hook strength should you use for your Texas Rig?
There are two strengths you will often fin on hooks: regular and heavy wire. Make sure you use heavy wire with heavier rods and reels, when fishing on thicker cover and bigger fish. The best way to determine this is to match the hook strength with your rod and reel.
Choosing the hook style for your texas rig
Now that we’ve gone through most of the basics, it’s time to get to the last part of the puzzle. How do you match the hook style to the bait you will use on a Texas Rig?
Let’s get into it:
- Use a Round Bend Worm Hook for lures that have a thin and long body like senkos, worms and stickbaits, among others.
- Use an Extra Wide Gap Hook (EWG) for thicker and fatter baits. An example of this is flipping baits. This is the best choice for flukes as well.
- Use flipping hooks for situations where there is a lot of grass involved.
Advantages of a Texas Rig
A weightless Texas Rig has a vetter hookup ratio, it’s easier to skip, it looks more natural to the fish, it has a longer fall rate and it’s very stealthy and quite when entering the water. The biggest advantage of the Texas Rig is that it’s weedless.
Most common baits/lures for Texas Rigs
Here are a few of them:
- Plastic lizards
- Plastic Worms
- Flipping baits
- Beaver Baits
- Brush Hogs
What are the best ways to fish a Texas Rig?
- Flipping and Pitching
- Lift and Drop
- Drop Shot
- Carolina Rig
Where can you fish a Texas Rig?
Texas Rigs are extremely versatile. You can use them in laydowns, bushes, docks, grass, trees… you name it!
What color should you bait be when using it on a Texas Rig?
This is something generic. Use dark or bright colors on muddy water, and green pumpkins, whites and browns on clear water.
One last resource
I complemented some parts of this article with this video by Debo. Make sure to take a look at it. I highly suggest to watch his content. The guy knows his stuff and he is fun to watch:
I hope this article helped you through choosing the correct hook for your bait when using a Texas Rig. My goal, as usual is to help you become a better angler. Do you have any comments or questions? Make sure to leave them below. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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