Texas Rigging a Fluke: A Simple Step-by-Step Guide
If you want to learn how to Texas Rig a Fluke, you landed at the perfect spot. Like you, I also was trying to learn how to Texas Rig a fluke. After learning how to do it, I decided to put together this mini-guide. In this article, I share everything you need to know about Texas Rigging a fluke. I made sure to include a lot of images so it’s easy for you to follow.
How to Texas Rig a Fluke:
Step 1: Put the hook through the nose of the fluke and pull it out.
Step 2: Flip the hook.
Step 3: Slide the hook on through the bottom of the belly.
Step 4: Make it weedless.
Although the steps are pretty simple and straight forward, there are some details on each step that I will share with you as we move along. I will also talk about the hook type and size you should use, as well as the bullet weight.
Before we get started, I want to share one of the two resources that I found helpful. I will base this article on these:
Let’s get into this!
Step 1: Putting the hook through the nose of the fluke
First of all, let’s talk about what position I am visioning the fluke to get into the explanation. I will be talking as if the fluke was in a vertical position, with the belly to the right side:
It’s time to pass the hook through the nose of the fluke. Introduce the hook, and about one quarter of an inch (0.5 cm), pull the hook out. Slide it through the rest of the hook until you get to the bend of the hook, right before getting to the eye:
There are 3 different ways you can go about inserting the hook through the nose/head. The most straight forward way to do it is to set the hook through the middle. But there is something else you can do. Depending of what you want, you can make your fluke go straight, rise or dive. And this depends on where you initially set the hook through the nose:
- If you pass the hook through the middle, the fluke will go straight.
- If you pass the hook through the lower side (the belly side), the fluke will tend to go up/rise.
- If you pass the hook through the upper side (the back), the fluke will tend to go down/dive.
Here is a small infographic so you can understand it better. Also, the second video posted at the beginning of the article explains it in detail as well.
Step 2: Flip the hook
This step is very straightforward. Simply flip the hook 180° horizontally. The point of the hook will be facing the fluke’s belly:
Step 3: Slide the hook through the bottom of the belly
The next and final step is to slide the hook through the bottom of the belly. The first thing you have to do is to make a rough estimate of where to slide the hook through. The sweet spot is a little bit below the lowest part of the bend of the hook. On the bottom part of the belly, you will see a gap. It’s meant to hide the hook.
Step 4: Make it weedless
Make sure to push the fluke up and burry the hook to make it weedless. This step is very important:
Choosing the hook style and size for a Texas Rigged Fluke
The best option for Texas Rigging a fluke is using an offset hook. This style of hook has a bend near the eye, which prevents the fluke from sliding down the shank of the hook when bumping into stuff (weeds, cover, etc.).
If you are going to use it weightless, and you are using a standard size Zoom Super Fluke (5 inches), then use a 4/0 hook size. So, in a nutshell, get this:
*4/0 Gamakatsu EWG (Extra Wide Gap) Superline Hook.
My tip for this is to not use a weight when fishing a fluke. If you want to use a weight, stick to something that is very lightweight. Heavy weights don’t perform well.
Recommended Fluke Color
If you are getting a bunch of different colors, you are overcomplicating things in a massive way. I personally just use the standard pearl color super fluke. Maybe add one more color besides that one at the most.
Where to use Texas Rigged flukes
One thing you want to make sure of is that you don’t use them on murky waters. They will just not perform well.
They will perform at their best at the surface, or just under the surface. As a rough estimate, between 1 meter and 5 meters (3 ft and 16 ft) below the water surface. That should give you a good idea.
Recommended Rod and Reel for weightless flukes
There are different takes on this. Some anglers say it’s better to use spinning gear for this. Others prefer baitcasters. I would say if you are new to this, just start with spinning gear. In my opinion, spinning gear is simply better for this. A Medium-Fast or Extra Fast Spinning rod will be great for this.
Recommended line for Texas Rigged flukes
Based on what I’ve researched and what worked for me, go for braided line and fluoro leader.
One last helpful resource
I want to leave this last video so you can have all the information you need. I found it very helfpul, so I thought it would be a good idea to share it here as well:
I really hope this article helped you a lot. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below! As usual, the goal at Reel Fishermen is to help you become a better angler.
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