Don’t Forget Texas

The most old-school and basic of soft-plastic rigs remains one of the very best.

My rig was basic. In fact, it was the one I most often used to fish for bass from the bank when I was a boy. Bass in Mexico’s legendary Lake El Salto see every angler’s secret lure and everything new, but they still have trouble resisting a classic Texas-rigged worm.

Guides at Angler’s Inn know that, which is why my guide had pulled a 10-inch green pumpkin Berkley Power Worm from my tackle bag and matched it with a 5/O offset hook and 3/8-ounce worm weight. We were working a big timber-tangled flat, and the snagless rig allowed me to work among the many trees—and many bass.

I don’t recall our final fish count, but I know we’d surpassed 50 by lunchtime, with many of the bass falling for worms. Among the worm fish was a 9-pound, 2-ouncer that was the biggest bass I’d caught for several years.

The best presentation was as basic as the rig: Make a long cast. Allow the rig to sink to bottom (while watching the line because sometimes they thump in on the initial fall). Work to worm with controlled lifts and drops, crawling it over any cover felt and keeping it near the bottom. Watch and feel for bites, give fish just a moment to get the worm, and set the hook hard.

If you’ve allowed new stuff to make you forget Texas-rigged worms, it’s time to revisit a classic!

In the meantime, here’s a cool depiction of the whole El Salto experience, put together on the same trip by bass pro Hunter Shryock.

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