Over the years, nothing has been more deadly in the hands of fishermen than your standard Texas Rigged soft plastic bait. Fish simply cannot refuse it and will bite it over and over. Ever set the hook and the blasted worm or craw sits down on the hook? The fish spits the bait after your big move and you want to cry? C'est La Vie...that is life, right?
Truth is the Texas Rig can be a difficult rig to fish. It is tough to get that hook through all that plastic sometimes. A disabled angler needs every advantage to connect with fish and today's article will help you gain that edge.
It is a rare thing for someone who has fished their entire lives to have a true break-through, a-ha moment, but I did. A few weeks back I mentioned that I was sight fishing for early bedding male bass. That day, I caught almost every bass I targeted. At the time, I thought my hook set perfection was mainly due to the fact that I was watching the fish pick the bait up.
Finesse Worm Hook
The hook is made by Gamakatsu and is called the Perfect Finesse Worm rig. It also goes by the name Luck-E-Strike Finesse Worm hook. Essentially, it is a Texas Rig with the bullet weight molded onto the hook. You tie directly to the weight and thread the soft plastic on just as you would any other Texas Rig worm, craw or any of the new fangled extra-terrestrial looking baits.
I noticed an immediate change while using this hook. Every time I set the hook on the fish, the hook embedded into the upper pallet of the fish's mouth. In fishing terms, this is a perfect hook set. A bass can only rarely throw a hook that has penetrated passed the barb in this area of it's mouth.
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I believe there are several factors that have dramatically increased my catch ratio using this rig.
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Secondly, the bend in the hook just under the weight cause the hook to turn upwards into the perfect spot for the very best hook set. This is a confidence thing more than anything else but who couldn't use a little more confidence?
Third, there is no pegging necessary. Anybody who has fished a while will agree that the weakest point on the line is typically at the knot. In the old Texas Rig, you tie a great knot and then to keep the weight at the head of the hook you have to jam a toothpick or some other obstruction into the top of the bullet weight. This immediately causes concern in the integrity of the line and knot. A big fish will test your tackle to the limits and the last thing you want to hear is the sound of the line going, "TINK," as the fish swims off with everything you have. This rig already comes with the weight attached so that the integrity of the knot will remain true. It is also deadly when circumstances demand that you punch through grass mats or throw into heavy cover.
As you give this a try, please shoot me an email or a message and let me hear of your personal successes. I would love to share some of those stories to the world!