The Weightless Rig works well for largemouth bass, especially when bass are found near any type of shallow water cover.
Weightless Texas Rig
The weightless Texas rig is a very popular way to rig baits weightless. When you are going a little bigger with your soft plastics, you have a lot of options with this rig since there are so many sizes of bigger worm hooks that are made for a variety of soft plastics.
Best Baits on a Weightless Rig for Largemouth Bass
Wacky worms are the most popular and easily the best bait for targeting largemouth bass on a weightless rig. Fish it wacky style and have fun.
Soft Plastic Minnows
Jerkbait minnows work great on a weightless rig. Use a jerkbait retrieve around shallow water cover and hold on.
Curly Tail Worms
The bigger curly tail worms tend to work better than the smaller worms because you can create better action out of the tail if there is more weight in the head of the bait. The 8 to 12″ curly tail worms can be super effective, especially for bigger bass when fished on a weightless rig around shallow water cover.
Finesse worms look good fished weightless, especially if you wacky rig them. The biggest challenge with finesse worms on a weightless rig is that they don’t weigh enough to fish with heavier tackle. So, this is usually a clear water presentation for most anglers or a small fish presentation where you downsize your rod, reel and line to allow you to cast these worms further.
Paddle Tail Worms
Paddle tail worms look great with more of a jerkbait type retrieve on a weightless rig. The bigger worms will allow you to cast them further, which is key to presenting your bait to more bass.
A bigger lizard bait can be flat out awesome on a weightless rig.
Tubes can be very effective fished on a weightless rig. Try using bigger tubes that are baitfish colored and you can usually do well with more of a jerkbait retrieve like you are imitating a minnow as opposed to a crayfish.
Some creature baits look great on a weightless rig. The bigger baits tend to be better so you can cast them further. A slight twitch and pause will be effective for targeting largemouth bass.
A lively nightcrawler will get you a lot of bites. Rig it wacky style and you’ll get even more bites.
A lively leech is one of the best ways to catch largemouth bass. Fish it around some cover and you’ll catch lots of bass.
Minnows are great for largemouth bass. Just make sure to give bigger minnows some slack line so they can swim around and find some active bass.