Choosing The Sinker Weight For Your Texas Rig: A Complete Mini-Guide
Setting up a Texas Rig can be a little bit complex with so many variables and options. When it comes to weights/sinkers, there are different types and sizes. If you are looking to learn how to choose the right weight for your Texas Rig, you landed at the perfect spot! In this article, I will show you how.
The weight of a Texas Rig should be chosen based on the Rate of Fall (ROF), the depth where the fish are located, cover/vegetation, and wind. The wind is the strongest factor in determining the weight for your Texas Rig. A good way to determine if you are using the right sinker weight is by looking at the angle of your line.
Let’s go in-depth on each of the 4 factors to picking the right weight for your Texas Rig. Bass fishing by itself is fairly complex, and sometimes it’s hard to know something so specific like knowing what sinker to use for a specific bait and rig. Hopefully, you will be able to know how to do it by the time you finish reading this. I will keep it as simple as I can. Everything in fishing is better when it’s simple.
The most used weights for Texas Rigs
Let’s start with some of the basics. The sinkers or weights are used to be able to reach the target zone you are aiming at. The goal is always to use the smallest weight possible for the lure to get to the bottom.
You will often find yourself using weights ranging between 1/32 ounce and 2 ounces. About the type of sinker, go with the bullet shape slip sinker.
Should you use a glass bead with the weight on your Texas Rig?
If you are fishing in very muddy water, using a glass bead is a good idea. Adding sound in that environment will give you a big advantage. Just thread the bullet weight, and afterwards, put a glass bead. After doing that, tie them on the hook. Brass weights will often do very well with beads due to its hardness. Make sure the bait, beads and weight should have close matching colors. Do not peg the weight to your Texas Rig.
When should you peg your Texas Rig?
When fishing heavy cover it’s a good idea to peg the weight. This will help you penetrate the heavy cover. If you don’t do it, often times, the lure and the weight will end up apart and your rig will not reach the bottom.
With that being said, this is a controversial topic. This video explains why it’s not a good idea to Peg your Texas Rig. I think it’s easier if you do. But see it for yourself so you can form your own opinion:
If you want to learn how to peg your Texas Rig, check out this video. It’s simple and easy to understand:
How weight should be adapted to water temperature changes
Bass usually don’t feed in summer during daytime, so you are looking more for reaction bites. As water temperature rises, increase the weight of the sinker you will use. This is only one aspect to consider among all the other ones we will bring up further ahead.
As I said before, this is the strongest factor when choosing the weight or sinker for any rig and bait. It’s simple. Stronger wind requires more weight. If the wind is very calm, then you will need a smaller weight/sinker.
The wind force will always be superior to the ones we will mention further ahead. Strong wind will change how the lure falls, and it won’t be as easy to feel the bites. Even if you are fishing something that requires a very light weight, you will need to use something heavier.
Depth Where Fish Are Located
The less depth there is in the water, the lighter you will want to go. If you are fishing somewhere where the depth is 5 feet or less, try 1/8-ounce weight if you want it to drop slowly. If you are fishing in about 20 ft of water, try 1/4, 5/16, and 3/8. If you are in deeper waters (deeper tah 20 feet), try 1/2 ounce.
*I based myself heavily on this resource to provide this information, as well as other parts of the article.
ROF (Rate Of Fall)
Determining the Rate of Fall is a little bit intuitive. Let me give you an example. If you are fishing a bait that is not meant to be dragged on the bottom all the time, or perhaps a bait that the reason that is appealing to the fish is because it drops down slowly and with a certain motion. In those cases, using a heavy weight wouldn’t make sense, would it? A lightweight lure that is about 1/8 or lighter would be appropriate. And depending on the scenario, it might be even better to go weightless.
Now let’s think about the opposite scenario. Let’s say you have a bait that has to be at the bottom the whole time. And well, in that case it makes a lot of sense to use a heavier weight.
My advice on this would be to experiment within the weight range I mentioned above and see what works best for you and the current environment you are fishing in (remember situations and environments always change in fishing, so make sure to often be testing stuff).
Type of cover
If you have to get through thick grass or any type of heavy cover, the weight plays a key role in this. Like I said, it’s a good idea to peg your Texas Rig. Go to the heavy side with this; between 1 and 2 oz. The weight you should use will be determined by how dense the cover is.
The Golden tip for choosing the right weight for your Texas Rig: The Line
This might vary depending on what you want to do. I learned this from this resource and I think it’s an awesome tip. You can tell if you have the right weight by looking at your line. If your line goes straight down, then you can go a little bit lighter. If your line is out more on a 45° angle, then you need to go heavier. I haven’t tried it out, but I saw it and I had to share it.
I love it when things can be simplified by amazing tips like this one.
How much does do sinkers cost?
You can buy them in bundles or kits. For less than $20 you can get a bunch of them, and often times they come with hooks and other terminal tackle.
Should you use weight on a Texas Rigged Fluke?
I would say no. Flukes are best used weightless. Although, some anglers do use weight on them. If you are going to use weight on them, make sure you use very lightweight.
One last resource
Before ending this article, I want to share these two valuable resources that will help you have a complete panorama of choosing a sinker for your Texas Rigs. I found these videos very helpful:
Thank you for sticking until the end. I really hope this article helped you out and solved all of your questions. As always, if you have any doubts, please leave a comment below. Also, I want to know what you think. Was this article helpful for you? Your feedback always helps us improve.