Three Bass Rigs and How to Use Them

Are you fairly new to bass fishing and searching for a way to make your fishing trips more productive? Then it’s time to add some bass rigs to your fishing arsenal. Bass fishing rigs are considered the key to success by many experienced anglers because they work so well on this species. They give you an advantage over the bass by encouraging strikes. The bass just can’t seem to resist these rigs even when they’re being picky.

Fishing for bass can be a challenge for several different reasons. First of all, they often have a subtle bite that is hard to detect unless you’re paying close attention. For this reason, they can steal your bait away if you’re not careful. Another thing that makes them hard to catch is the struggle they put up once hooked.

The bass is a strong fighter that won’t give up. This is something that you must be prepared for. If the bass catches you off guard, it just might fight hard enough to work its way loose and swim off. The last thing that makes bass a challenging species is the fact they can be very picky at times. Something that worked extremely well one day may not produce any results at all the next.

These are the things that make bass fishing frustrating for many anglers but they are also why others enjoy the challenge of fishing for them. Read on to learn more about some of the different types of bass rigs and how to use them so you can see how it make a difference in the amount of success you can enjoy.

All about Bass Fishing Rigs

When you’re ready to catch bass like the professionals it’s time to learn all about bass fishing rigs. There are three rigs that are very popular among bass anglers because they have proven over and over again to be effective. When starting out these are the best ones to use until you get the hang of it. These three rigs and how to use them are discussed below:

1. The Floating Rig- This is a simple rig that’s used with floating worms and other types of soft plastic baits. These are used when fishing in areas with dense vegetation, around lily pads, rocks, brush and so forth. They don’t get hung up as often as most lures because they are lightweight and made to glide smoothly through these dense areas. It’s meant to be fished slowly so you can make the bait move as realistically as possible.

2. The Texas Rig- This is the oldest rig around and it’s also the most versatile. It’s designed with a bullet shaped slip sinker that gives you a precision cast. This makes it easy to get your bait in the strike zone when casting for bass. Choose a weight based on which depth you want to fish and cast out your line. You can fish it in clear areas or around structures. Since it’s a weedless rig, it does well in most types of cover. Bump the bait around a little, then reel it in a few turns and repeat. This action drives the bass crazy.

3. The Carolina Rig- Out of the three, this rig is the most complicated to make but it’s the perfect rig for fishing near the bottom. It will follow the natural contour of the bottom and capture the attention of any bass nearby. It can be fished in covered areas as well. Try casting behind your target and then reel it back in while bouncing the bait through the strike zone for the best results.

Take all three of these bass rigs with you when you go fishing and you’ll be ready for most any situation. When the bass is not responding to the bait you’re offering them, try using a rig to see if it makes a difference. They tend to tantalize the bass tempting them into taking the bait even if they’re not particularly hungry.

More Bass Rigs

The three rigs above are the most well-known but there are other types of rigs that can also be used for bass fishing. For example, you have the Lindy, the fixed sinker and the fixed bobber fishing rigs. Take a few of these with you too when you go fishing and give them a try. You never really know what will get the best results until you try it. One of these rigs very well could be the one thing the bass is waiting for.

To save time, have your rigs ready and organized in the tackle box before you head out to the water. This way, when you’re ready to fish you can get right to it instead of having to get your rigs ready first. The more time you spend fishing the more time you’ll have for trying to reel in that big one.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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