Popular Bass Rigs Explained

January 10, 2019

If you are a bass angler, you have probably heard many terms and methods mentioned by others that may not be familiar to you. We have all been there. Rest assured, these terms are actually very simple, and once explained, can be used to your advantage on your next bass fishing outing. The following list contains popular bass fishing rigs and rigging methods that every bass angler should know. There are many other rigging methods, but these 7 are some of the most important.

Weighted-Texas-Rig

Texas Rig: One of the most popular bass rigging methods, the Texas Rig utilizes either a classic worm hook, or a wide gap worm hook. The bait, usually a soft plastic worm or other soft plastic bait, is nose hooked, then slid up to the eye of the hook where the rest of the bait is hook weedless style. This allows for weedless presentations. This rig can be fished weightless, or a bullet style weight can be added to fish deeper water or provide a different action.

Carolina-Rig

Carolina Rig: The Carolina rig offers fishability in all water depths. A soft plastic bait is rigged Texas style and attached to a small leader (typically fluorocarbon) of similar diameter to the running line being used. This leader is attached to the main line via a small barrel swivel. Above the barrel swivel on the main line is a glass bead and a bullet style weight. The weight and the bead contact each other while the bait is being retrieved/moved creating a clicking noise that attracts fish of all species. This rig can be fished with a variety of baits, leader lengths, bead sizes, weight sizes, and weight materials to create a variety of Carolina rig presentations.

Drop-Shot-Rig

Drop Shot: The drop shot rig is a very versatile rig that can be fished in a variety of water depths. This rig consists of a soft plastic finesse style bait (usually a 4-5 inch worm or minnow), a finesse style hook attached to the angler’s line (usually fluorocarbon line), and a drop shot style weight. The hook is tied on, and the tag end of the knot is left long. This tag end is where the weight will be attached. Most dropshot weights contain a quick release that will “bite” the line with just a simple overhand knot. This feature is designed to break away if the weight gets snagged, so the whole rig is not lost. The weight is typically tied 12-18 inches from the hook. The drop shot rig is typically fished on spinning gear.

Ned-Rig

Ned Rig: Unmatched action and simplicity are the standards of what makes the ned rig successful. A air infused soft plastic finesse worm such as the Z-Man Finesse TRD is rigged onto a mushroom style jig head such as a Z-Man Finesse ShroomZ jig. The bait and jig are extremely simple until they enter the water. The jig sinks the bait to the bottom, but the air infused plastic stands straight up on the bottom and with every twitch of the rod, scoots along the bottom looking like a foraging worm or minnow. Bass cannot resist the action of this bait, because it can be fished extremely slow with very subtle movement.

Neko-Rig

Neko Rig: A close relative to the wacky rig, the Neko rig utilizes a nail style weight that is inserted into the end of a soft plastic worm. The o-ring is placed roughly 2 inches from the nail weight depending on the length of the bait. This rig provides a way for the angler to reach deeper water with more speed than the traditional wacky rig, and creates a standup action of the soft plastic worm due to the nail weighted end of the worm. Popular plastics used in this rig include stick worms, finesse worms, and floating plastic worms such as the Z-Man Big TRD.

Shaky-Head-Rig

Shaky Head: The shaky head rig is a rig that is most commonly used with soft plastic finesse worms ranging from 4-8 inches long. The two types of jigs used are round shaky head jigs and stand-up shaky head jigs. The round jigs excel with stick baits and worms in the 4-6 inch size, while the sand-up jigs offer more stability for finesse and trick worms up to 8 inches in length. This rig provides “shaky” action of the soft plastic bait used and can be rigged with the hook exposed or rigged weedless “Texas” style by utilizing screw in bait holders on models such as the VMC Stand Up Shaky Head Jigs.

Wacky-Rig

Wacky Rig: The wacky rig is a very popular rig for stick worms such as Gary Yamamoto Senkos and Yum Dingers. This rig utilizes a wide gap finesse hook, and a small o-ring that is fitted around the soft plastic worm’s midsection. This rig creates a wobbling action of the bait, and can be fished in many different situations, typically on spinning gear.

The most important part of being successful with these rigs, is do not be afraid to change colors and variations of the rig until you are able to pattern the fish you are targeting. It only takes one bait to catch large amounts of fish, but more times than not, it takes time to find the bait that the fish want. Taking your time to learn not only the rig that you are fishing, but also the body of water that you are targeting will lead to increased catches and fishing success.

Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Leader Material
Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon L...
Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Leader Material is a professional grade line with incredible knot strength. Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Leader Material offers the ultimate in invisibility with a similar refractive index as water, so fish can't see it. A proprietary 100% PVDF formula is specially processed to provide superior impact strength. Berkley Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon Leader Material is designed to be tough, durable, and abrasion resistant.
$7.99 - $8.99
Bullet Weights Finesse Drop Shot Sinkers
Bullet Weights Finesse Drop Shot Si...
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Bullet Weights Finesse Drop Shot Sinkers are designed for finesse style fishing and will slip on the line without having to tie a knot to hold it into place. These weights are made of lead.
$2.79
$2.29
Bullet Weights Tungsten Bullet Weights
Bullet Weights Tungsten Bullet Weights
3 Colors available
Bullet Weights Tungsten Bullet Weights are sturdy sinkers that have greater density than lead weights. The higher density and smaller size ensure that they won’t get hung up when fishing in waters with heavy cover. These weights are perfect accomplices of an angler as they make every cast a lot more fruitful. By keeping the hook straight, these Bullet Weights ensure fish are caught.
$6.49 - $7.99
$5.29 - $6.49
Eagle Claw Barrel Swivels
Eagle Claw Barrel Swivels
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Eagle Claw Barrel Swivels are quality swivels, designed to assure smooth movement and eliminate line twist. These swivels come in resealable packages. The color is black. These Eagle Claw Barrel Swivels are available in sizes 14, 12, 10, 7, 5, 3, 1, 1/0, and 2/0.
$0.99
$0.79
Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms
Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms
25 Colors available
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Gary Yamamoto Original Senko Worms are some of the most productive bass lures in the world. Bass can hardly resist the Senko's unique horizontal fall when fished weightless or wacky style. Not only do Senko Worms have incredible fish catching action, but these baits cast like a bullet and get into the strike zone quickly.
$7.29 - $7.49
Mr. Derk's Tackle Bulk Egg Glass Beads
Mr. Derk's Tackle Bulk Egg Glass Beads
31 Colors available
Mr. Derk's Tackle Bulk Egg Glass Beads are heavier and will sink faster than the regular glass beads. The extra weight is designed to keep you in the strike zone! Add Mr. Derks beads to your favorite worm harnesses for the ultimate presentation.
$2.99
O-Wacky O-Rings
O-Wacky O-Rings
O-Wacky O-Rings offer you a perfect way to set up a wacky rig for catching bass, walleye, and more. The traditional wacky rig becomes expensive each time a fish grabs the bait and it gets torn from the place it is connected to the hook. O-Rings allow you to set up wacky rig without having to insert the hook into the bait. Just slid the O-Ring to the center of the bait and insert the fish hook through the O-Ring. It securely holds the bait while providing a designated hook slot to rig your hook p...
$1.99
VMC 7311 Fastgrip Wide Gap Worm Hooks
VMC 7311 Fastgrip Wide Gap Worm Hooks
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VMC 7311 Fastgrip Wide Gap Worm Hooks are forged from extremely tough, lightweight Vanadium Steel, the same material used for hard wearing Formula-1 engine parts. 7311 Worm Hooks offer up to 25% increased strength over the material used in regular hooks. Perfect for rigging your favorite soft plastics, the hook's Fastgrip Point is also the first hook point of its kind - with three micro barbs that yield 15% better penetration power over ordinary hook points.
$3.49
$2.79
VMC Neko Weights
VMC Neko Weights
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VMC Neko Weights are ideal for for neko-wacky rigging, worms, and stick baits. The conical shape allows these weights to easily be inserted into a head or tail of a soft bait, without damaging the plastic. These VMC weights make a great addition to your tackle box to use on a variety of techniques.
$3.49
$2.79
VMC Shaky Head Jigs
VMC Shaky Head Jigs
2 Colors available
VMC Shaky Head Jigs are equipped with a super strong Vanadium steel hook with a forged shank. The Vanadium steel is a hard wearing steel that offers 25 percent more strength over the average hook material. These jigs feature a traditional round bend hook profile with a line eye that rotates 60 degrees for more control and less snagging. VMC Shaky Head Jigs improve hookups and add some flash with its glitter finish.
$4.49
VMC Stand Up Shaky Head Jigs
VMC Stand Up Shaky Head Jigs
2 Colors available
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VMC Stand Up Shaky Head Jigs are designed with a flat bottomed head that allows it to standup and rock enticingly on the bottom. These also feature an easy-to-rig spiral locking spring to firmly secure your bait. With an all new glitter finish, the VMC Stand Up Shaky Head Jigs come equipped with super sharp vanadium steel, needle point hooks with 60 degree rotated jig eye. Each package contains four jigs.
$5.49
VMC Worm Hooks
VMC Worm Hooks
VMC Worm Hooks are equipped with a line eye that is sealed closed with a hard resin to keep the line from slipping off. The offset three-degree hook provide anglers with increased hooking power. VMC Worm Hooks are great to add to your tackle box to fish with all light to medium weight lines using a variety of soft plastics.
$2.79
$2.29
YUM Dinger
YUM Dinger
33 Colors available
This YUM Dinger soft bait was created with versatility in mind. Whether you're casting it on a Carolina rig, a Texas rig, or pitching it into heavy cover, this sturdy bait incorporates subtle, realistic actions. The unique hook slot provides better, sturdier hookups than other similar style baits. The YUM Dinger is made in the U.S.A.
$2.99
Z-Man Big TRD
Z-Man Big TRD
14 Colors available
The Z-Man Big TRD can be considered the big brother of the Z-Man Finesse TRD soft bait. It features the same effective stickbait profile, dimpled body, and irresistible action but is larger to trigger the bigger trophy fish. TRD means "The Real Deal" and that's exactly what this soft bait delivers. The naturally buoyant bait is highly versatile and can be fished a variety of ways. The Z-Man Big TRD is made in the U.S.A.
$3.99
Z-Man Finesse ShroomZ Jig Heads
Z-Man Finesse ShroomZ Jig Heads
5 Colors available
Z-Man Finesse ShroomZ Jig Heads were designed to work effectively with small ElaZtech baits to create a perfect Ned rig. These jig heads feature a mushroom-shaped head that blends completely into finesse baits. Their unique wire keeper makes rigging incredibly easy and holds baits securely without glue.
$4.99
Z-Man Finesse TRD
Z-Man Finesse TRD
18 Colors available
The Z-Man Finesse TRD utilizes a softer, ElaZtech custom formulation to provide the ideal sink rate with a lifelike feel and unique flutter action. ElaZtech baits are ten times more durable than other soft plastics. The naturally buoyant Finesse TRD was designed to be combined with a Finesse ShroomZ jig head and used with the Midwest finesse style of fishing. This versatile soft bait is a favorite for beginners and tournament fishermen, alike. The Z-Man Finesse TRD is made in the U.S.A.
$3.99
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